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No, this is not about changing my belts because I’ve eaten too much at Vikings.  I’m talking about my participation at Escola Brasileira de Capoeira’s Troca de Corda this year. For long time readers of the blog, you would know that I ventured into the art of Capoeira two years ago.  I got my first belt last year, a yellow one, during what we call a Batizado, meaning “baptism”, and I was given the Capoeira name Chique , meaning “chic”, as this is how my mestre saw me.  And because it was my first belt, a senior capoeirista (usually a mestre or a formado level) took me down inside the roda as an initiation of sorts to the family.  With EBC, it’s usually done amidst supportive cheers and a really fun and loving environment, and this year’s Batizado or Troca de Corda (as it’s not my first belt anymore) was no different.  I just received my yellow and orange belt yesterday, and I’m still high from the positive energy that every capoeirista there was eager to share.  We had masters and students who came in from different parts of the world to celebrate with us for three full days of Capoeira and it was wonderful.

It wasn’t really about moving up a belt–although I won’t lie, I was ecstatic to receive a new one, to have it acknowledged that I had progressed in Capoeira. But there is still so much that this martial art can teach me, in general.  And I’m excited to find out what that is.  I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the mestres, formados and graduados who made the event such a success and for making us students all feel welcome and enlightened.  Muito obrigada!

Brasilipinas 2015

We always kick off the weekend of Capoeira with the Brasilipinas party at Rockwell tent. A fun night of music, dancing and food done the Brazilian way.

 

Troca de Cordao at Rockwell Tent - EBC Philippines

Fun photos after changing our belts

Capoeira is a conversation, a dialogue. To keep it going, you must remember four things: Timing. Rhythm. Distance. Eye contact. – Mestre Ousado

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