rusty angoleiro in bahia

July 14, 2007 at 7:22 pm | Posted in Active, Black Folks, capoiera, Culture, Martial Arts | 3 Comments

it was a rare honor to play in brazil and i drew some fiery coals of inspiration from mestre valmir and his f.i.c.a.bahia students which will stoke my angoliero fire for years to come. in general, being me & mestre valmirso close to the source of capoeira; witnessing the pride and seeing how vital this living warrior art STILL is to folks in bahia led me to a reappraisal of my training in the art. while capoiera in brazil can run the gamit from commercial tourist attractions to humble students and mestre committed to cultural preservation, i was most moved by the use of capoiera as a core part of the curriculum at a teacher/community directed independent school named escola aberta do calabar and at a quilombo to honor their ancestors who used the art for defense. the calabar school, the 2nd independent school in bahia, run exclusively by the teachers who live in the neighborhood. the community projects such as the independent school and other youth programs are components of the neighborhood’s legacy of self-determination; a community named for their nigerian ancestors -the calabari – who were displaced here during slavery and later making this place a quilombo. quilombo são francisco do paraguaçu is a haven plush with nature’s best deeply me & roquelualain within bahia’s reconcavo region. the difficulty in reaching there is a characteristic that allowed the ancestors of the citizens here to be protected them from portugues oppressors. the citizens there today are the proud decendants of self-liberated enslaved africans and are trustees of the land who struggle to maintain their identity and rights to the land from a vicious media conglomerate and murderous farmers intent on taking this land. it was good to see and play outside of the u.s. playing capoeira is definitely a conversation and i enjoyed the dialogue with this angoleiro. as rusty as i am, i needed to say the “angoleiros prayer”. even though roquelua got me in this game, i put out a few tricks of my own…mad love meu primo – enjoy the clips!

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  1. MAURICE MAURICE MAURICE! THE ANCESTORS ARE TRULY SMILING ON YOU AND YOUR SPIRIT DAILY. THEY ARE HAPPY AND STANDING TALL WATCHING YOU. KEEP THE SPIRIT OF OUR CULTURE ALIVE AND FIRED UP AND SPARKLING! THIS MUST BE PASSED TO SHAIMIQ. I FEEL SO GOOD THAT THE THINGS THAT I WAS ABLE TO EXPOSE YOU TO ABOUT OUR LIFE AS A SIGNIFICANT PEOPLE. THERE IS SOOOOOOOO MUCH IN MY HEART TO SAY AND WHEN I WAS EXPOSING YOU AND CRYSTAL IT WAS JUST A NATURAL MOVE TO DO — NOT EXPECTING ANYTHING EXCEPT THAT YOU AND CRYSTAL MUST ALWAYS BE PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE AND FROM WHENCE WE CAME AS A PEOPLE. A TRUE WARRIOR IS NOT ONE WHO KNOWS HOW TO FIGHT AND WIN THE WAR; A TRUE WARRIOR UNDERSTANDS THE TRUE MEANING OF THE BEGINNING. I DO NOT HAVE MUCH GEOGRAPHICAL KNOWLEDGE OR IN DEPTH HISTORY KNOWLEDGE OF OUR CULTURE BUT THE SPIRITUAL ANCESTRAL CONNECTION IS ON HIGH LEVEL. I WILL CONTINUE LATER SHAIMIQ WANTS TO SEE THE FILM FORM THE TRIP. MOMMY!!!

  2. YES SHAIMIQ REALLY ENJOYED THE FOOTAGE OF FILM. HE REPLAYED THEM OVER AND OVER. HE EVEN HAD MORE THAN ONE GOING AT A TIME — HE IS SO FUNNY! HE STARTED TO IMITATE YOUR MOVES AND SINGING ALONG WITH THE MUSIC AND SOUNDS OF THE WORDS. I WILL START SWAHILI WITH HIM SOON, ON MY DAYS OFF AND AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE. I WANT HIM TO HAVE A SENSE AND FEELING OF OUR DIVERSE CULTURE. I DO NOT HAVE THE TIME AS I DID WITH YOU AND CRYSTAL, BUT I MUST PUSH IN AS MUCH AS I CAN. AND I DO WANT TO GO FURTHER WITH THE LANGUAGE OF SWAHILI WITH HIM THAN I DID WITH YOU AND CRYSTAL. LOVE, HOPO, PEACE AND SUCCESS AND MAY WE CONTINUE TO KEEP THE WARMTH OF THE CULTURAL FIRE IGNITED. MOMMY! I STILL HAVE MORE TO SAY LATER

  3. BEAU.TI.FUL! Thanks for sharing your experience. I can see that you definitely held your own. Your post reminded me of a documentary I saw last year at Boston’s Roxbury Film Festival, called ‘Kilombo Novo’. The doc tells the story of a community of people in Boston who use Capoeira Angola to teach the city’s youth about life and peace. Very, very powerful. Here’s the website: http://kilombonovo.com/


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