A Street-smart Song: Capoeira Philosophy and Inner Life

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Blue Snake Books, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 316 pages
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A Street-Smart Song delves into the boundless philosophical depths of capoeira, the fascinating synthesis of Brazilian dance and self-defense. Drawing from a wide range of sources—the streets of Salvador and Rio de Janeiro, the teachings of the old masters Pastinha, Bimba, and Leopoldina, and the brutal economic realities inflicted on the poorest of Brazil—Nestor Capoeira paints an indelible portrait of this living art, its spiritual heritage, and its vital place in a world hypnotized by media and crushed by poverty. The traditional poems and songs of capoeira are here, along with the author’s lively discussions of everything from the space age and television’s impact on third world culture to Candomble and capoeira’s life-changing lessons. Rounding out this absorbing cultural survey are historical photos, sketches of weapons and instruments, and fully illustrated fighting movements, taught step by step.
 

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The third of the translated series by Nestor Capoeira, this book begins to address the modern philosophies and approaches to learning and living as a capoerista. This book flipped my capoeira shit. Read full review

Review: A Street-Smart Song: Capoeira Philosophy and Inner Life

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The third of the translated series by Nestor Capoeira, this book begins to address the modern philosophies and approaches to learning and living as a capoerista. This book flipped my capoeira shit. Read full review

Contents

And although ignorant of economics he profiles a multinational
18
The author tells us how to wear a tie and a threepiece nylon suit
31
A Type of Game for Each Berimbau Rhythm
49
The Reason for Different Types
55
Based on his experience and observations and the daytoday living
63
Pernada Leg Swipe
69
WarmingUp Exercises or DumbingDown Exercises?
76
Uniforms Graduation Nomenclature Championships
84
The Roda
137
Growing Pains
147
The Last Roda
153
Capoeira and its Role in
169
A fascinated author bumps into the femme fatale of our days
183
The Velha Guarda
198
Jumping Over
283
Final Words to the English Edition of 2006
301

Analogies
101
Complicating What is Simple
114
Capoeira Songs
124

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About the author (2006)

Nestor Capoeira, a man of great humor and insight, is a mestre and long-time teacher of capoeira and the author of The Little Capoeira Book, an all-time favorite training manual, and Capoeira: Roots of the Dance-Fight-Game, a classic historical and cultural examination of capoeira.

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