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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Nester Capoeira never disappoints

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The thirsd in his series of books about capoeria this book by Nestor Capoeira is more philosophical in nature. He explores the philosophy and politics of capoeira in blunt languagethe good the bad and ... Read full review

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With background of three generations in Praca Onze, R.J. - Brazil, I am comfortable to comment that Nestor Capoeira, an expert capoeirista, draws the right cultural analysis of Capoeira, explaining the elements that constituted it throughout the centuries. I truly recommend his books for those interested in the practice or study of this powerful, exotic and involving art.
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And although ignorant of economics he profiles a multinational
The author tells us how to wear a tie and a threepiece nylon suit
A Type of Game for Each Berimbau Rhythm
The Reason for Different Types
Based on his experience and observations and the daytoday living
Pernada Leg Swipe
WarmingUp Exercises or DumbingDown Exercises?
Uniforms Graduation Nomenclature Championships
The Roda
Growing Pains
The Last Roda
Capoeira and its Role in
A fascinated author bumps into the femme fatale of our days
The Velha Guarda
Jumping Over
Final Words to the English Edition of 2006

Complicating What is Simple
Capoeira Songs

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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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