life · Martial Arts

I am now officially a capoeirista

Hi world,

So I’ve always wanted to take Capoeira. It’s been a style that I’ve been wanting to take since I was a teenager.But when I was in college I just didn’t have the time or money to train like I wanted to. So I held off on any kind of training,that was until I lived in Korea.I basically spent my whole time in Korea training,well not just training but that was a big part of my life.I normally trained for an hour or two, five days a week.So my life revolved around Taekwondo, teaching English and my friends. Regardless if I had to go out or not I had to meet you at ten when Taekwondo ends or until nine when the later class started.

Things are different now I’m not making near as much money,but training in martial arts is something I’ve always been passionate about.Since the days of watching Bruce Lee movies with my uncle I’ve wanted to train.It’s my favorite way to workout and something I want to consistently do.

Why Capoeira?

Well why not,it’s a beautiful style about feet,force,and rhythm,and the root of slaves creating this fighting style is inspiring to me.I don’t have a lot of upper body strength, so I want to focus on styles where I do have some force,my legs.That’s the biggest similarity between these two styles,other than the fact that I’ve studied both.Now don’t get me wrong taekwondo can be really beautiful I’ve seen really awesome music videos that show the style in all it’s glamour, but Capoeira is musical in it’s very nature.It’s based on music and balance and communicating a story between two people.It’s a very different style of sparring,it’s called playing instead.I’m not going to say it’s easy because staying on beat plus correctly landing a kick isn’t easy,especially when you have to be able to pull your kicks anytime.Making a full impact kick with no intentions of hitting the person is really hard.Also the fact that your kick’s height and speed change with the music.So not only do you have to be aware of yourself and your opponent but you even have to be aware of the tempo of the music.

Oh yeah let me not forget, why I’m now an official Capoierista now you ask. So as I said before,Capoeira was made by slaves in Brazil, after slavery ending for a variety of reasons Capoeira was made illegal in Brazil.So much so that anyone caught practicing would go to jail.To protect themselves and their identify they made apelido(a nickname).So when they would play they would only be known by that name,so if they were arrested and questioned they truthfully couldn’t give up names.Even though it is no longer illegal the tradition of apelido continues.On Monday I was given a name by my mastre[sensei/master/sabomnim].Normally it’s not a name you make up yourself, but one given to you by your mastre. It is given via aspects of the way that you train,and aspects that your mastre reads of you as a person.I am now Sabia,and it’s really cool.A sabia is a Brazillian song bird,did I also mention most capoeiristas with this name are awesome(no pressure).

~BlerdLikeMe(Sabia)