A little bit about…
One experiences the essence of Capoeira playing one kind of athletic game called jôgo de capoeira. This game is played in the roda with the partners exchanging movements of attack and defense in a constant flow. During the jôgo, the capoeiristas explore their strengths and weaknesses, confronting fatigue in an enjoyable, challenging, and constant process of self-improvement. The jôgo are determined by the many different rhythms of a one-string bow-shaped instrument, the berimbau, wich is considered the symbol of Capoeira.
Berimbau rhythms are complemented by the pandeiro, atabaque, agôgô, and reco-reco, all musical instruments that give unique color to the Capoeira sound. Singing of traditional, folkloric, and improvised songs, with clapping, enhance the energetic atmosphere and enjoyment of the rodas.
There are different styles for the jogo de capoeira. When the berimbau calls bangela all the knowledge and cunning are reflected in a slow motion of subtle counter-attacks, better performed by those whose spirit surpasses their body through many years of experience. When the berimbau plays the rhythm of São Bento grande de regional is played, the spirit of the fight generates a confrontation of strategies, physical skills, and intuitions.
The music is important for the development of a good rhythm, timing, and concentration. Listening to it, the capoeiristas transport themselves to another level of consciousness and expand their perceptions of time, space, and movements.
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