Saw the Battle Royale movie and read more about it on wikipedia….
…won’t be doing that again.
…won’t be doing that again.
Sucks getting offered a position in a different state and then being given 3 days to make a decision when they don’t pay for relocation and expect you to find your own housing. Just hope I get the coop at MLB, and have the possible back up.
Last class I had taught by a friend of mine was fun and interesting. Sadly some of the concepts he focused on were some things that left more questions than answers for a beginner such as myself. Things like “breaking the rules” make sense in that you may get predicable in your movements if you have the textbook form, but I’m still not at a level where I feel I have a good enough handle on the basics. The idea of “finding your own style” was also brought up, which is something I’ve thought about but again feel that I’m a little limited due to my current skill level. It’s something I’ve kept in mind while training though. As DB said, “You can talk the way they talk, but you don’t walk the way they walk”. Sounds a bit corny, but I got the idea.
Aside from that, I hope the drama and politics of the capoeira in this area get better.
Looking forward to training with Professor Graveto later today. Excited to take a class with the Capoeirista that my teacher has been training under, as well as a Professor in the Capoeira school I’m looking to join in the future.
My injury has given me the opportunity to work on music, but damn do I want to jump in the roda. Though I’ve been learning more songs, getting better with pandiero, and slowly learning how to play berimbau.
Went to an asian food mart today and didn’t catch my roommate laugh at what the woman who was bagging the food’s daughter said in Mandarin. As we were going to the car he told me when the little girl took the food I had, her mother told her to stop and the little girl replied “Look at him, he doesn’t like this food.”
Capoeira politics suck. >.>
Not being able to train because of an injury really sucks. Guess I have the opportunity to work on music.
Went to Com Expressao’s, Contra Mestre Cacara’s newly formed school, first Batizado earlier this year. Had a fun time there though others that had been a part of the school while it was still Capoeira Mandiga felt that the batizado was different than they were used to in the past.
I only ended up going on the last day and came late to the first workshop they had. From what I gathered, the focus of the that particular workshop was to work on movement; something I had and still do need to improve on. Sadly I forget the name of the capoeirista who taught the workshop.
The second one was taught by a member of FICA, and was a workshop that I was able to take a lot from. The workshop focused on some basic concepts like relaxing you body while you ginga, different expressive movements within ginga, and a few sequences. While I’m still working on relaxing my body while I play and in ginga, this workshop was a big help in learning how.
The third and last workshop of the day that I went to was the one taught by Mestre Ombrinho of Capoeira Angola Quintal. At this point they had tried to separate those that were more advanced and had someone else direct that workshop, while Mestre Ombrinho directed the more basic one. We worked in meia lua de frente, esquiva, au, armada, queixada, and negaca. This workshop stressed the basics and really enforced that not only having them is essential, but that you must also never forget the detail of the fundamentals as well. The workshop was one of the reasons why I’m currently leaning more towards joining CAQ in my current search for a Capoeira school to join.
What followed after a meal with friends at Chipotle were several rodas before the Batizado started. I REALLY wish I’d taken more time to let the food digest, because when I felt it during my first games. I would have thought the only good thing about those with cords buying in in front of me would be that I would be able to have more time digest my food, (more people with cords than I would have liked bought in front of me in the rodas that I was in, which was frustrating beyond belief since I didn’t get a chance to play some of the more experienced guests) but I digress.
I was able to play Professor Graveto, someone who I had played once before at a roda we had at the RIT club fair to recruit the incoming freshmen to our club, and who had kicked my ass for a lack of a better term. The game was fun for me as someone who is still a beginner since I was being pushed all throughout the game. It’s for this reason that I like playing Capoeristas that are more experienced than I am since they give me a challenge and always have me on my guard. This game was no different, as I was kicked, taken down, and cabecada’d multiple times. Looking back, I can definitely see why my teach Espiao, who studies under Graveto, tells us to always stay protected and to never leave our safety in the hands of others. Through the beating I received, I remember him purposely leaving himself open to give me a free shot, which he made sure to dramatically fall into negativa role after I hit him with a bencao.
After these rodas went on for sometime, everyone one was called together in order to start the Batizado after Cacara played a great game with Mestre Ombrinho. They started of course with the new students receiving their first cords and moved to the graduation of the more experienced students. (Within Com Expressao, the first cord is dark green, as opposed to the light green and then dark green cords within Mandinga) It was interesting to watch as the newer students played for their first cord from the perspective of someone who has never participated in a batizado.
Watching the newer students becoming a part of a school as well as the more experienced students graduating made me hopeful for when I too become a part of a school or group. Since then I’ve only gotten the change to take one formal class at CAQ, but am looking to take more there on my time off.
Really have to get more into Mr Children. I really like the songs that I’ve heard from him so far like Candy, Kurimi, And I Love You, and Hero. Besides the overall sound, the lyrics are really moving, despite the language barrier. As with any song that I like in a foreign, I wish I spoke the language (in this case Japanese) to fully enjoy the song.
Went to my first Batizado earlier this year for Com Expressao, though I’m not a part of the school. The school had formally been the Rochester branch of Capoeira Mandiga, but due to a change in views, lack of support, etc; there Contra Mestre Cacara decided to form his own school. Many of the friends I train with at RIT in the Capoeira Club, as well as our instructor, had previously been apart of the school while they were still Mandinga. Interestingly enough, I came to RIT right around the time that most of my friends were not going to the academy as much, mostly due to work, while others were leaving the school due to politics or otherwise difference in ideals.
With that background, it was interesting to go to my first Batizado since all of the older members of the Capoeira club before me had all trained with and were apart of Capoeira Mandiga. After the school decided to change, some decided to stick with the school while others have left and are either currently not with a school/group, or are looking for one to join. I and a few others that came in the club around the time that I still train with the Capoeira Club, but are not apart of any school. As a result, I’ve been thinking about Capoeira schools and where I as well as my friends will end up training (should they decide to) after they graduate.
One of my roommates who had gone to Germany told me about 2 groups he’d trained with there and has expressed on many occasions that should he end up there, he would most definitely join that school. Though here in the US where he lives, there is a Capoeira Brasil school that he trains at when he goes home that he may join if he stays does not move out of Ohio.
Another one of my friends, Mico, has remained at the academy, though he likes to travel to other schools and learn about other styles, and ideas within Capoeira. He’d graduated to a yellow cord at the Batizado, which while he wasn’t sure whether or not he deserved, I as well as other thought it was rightfully earned.
Tigressa who had been in the Rochester area for a while, and like Mico enjoys traveling to other schools while exploring many ideas and styles within Capoeira, moved to Michigan and is apart of Cordao De Ouro, the predecessor to Capoeira Mandinga.
I’ve been curious to see where I as well as the the rest of those that I train will end up. Some who are still beginning haven’t looked much into schools, while others don’t have schools or groups in their area to train with then they go home.
I myself am still looking for a school, but am currently leaning towards joining Capoeira Angola Quintal in Manhattan, the same school the instructor of the Capoeira Club at RIT is looking to join. I’m also interested in Cordao de Ouro, FICA, and Capoeira Angola Palmares; but having taken and enjoying a class at the school as well as going to a workshop with Mestre Ombrinho at the Batizado I went to, I really like the school.
Aside from my constant pondering as to where I will train after I graduate, I’ve thought about starting a system in which we keep track of RIT graduate that were in the Capoeira Club and have continued their training. The goal would be to keep in contact with them as well as possibly as a resource to help other students find schools or groups in their area, or simply to establish a connection should another person travel to that areas.
Have had a few Bollywood songs stuck in my head since I saw Dhoom for the second time with my friends. They’re pretty good and something you can easily dance to. Makes me wish I understood Hindi.
Had an interesting day that ended with a full stomach thanks to a tall stack of pancakes, beef negimaki, shrimp tempura, sushi, and a red velvet cupcake, and a little help of some hot sake.
Got my first attractive college professor. She’s not on the “that’s not fair level for me”, but I know what it’s like to have a good looking professor after 3 years.
Hadn’t realized when it after 12 and that today was my birthday until I had gotten some wall posts on facebook.