I went to morning class for the first time today. The class was taught by FaisÃ£o, and it was a great way to start the day. Before class I had a breakfast of pain au chocolat from a bakery in Essex Market. It was pretty good, but still not as good as Ceci Cela, or the now defunct Bouley Bakery.
Anyway, look forward to going to more morning classes when my schedule permits, especially since I’ve been working so much this week I haven’t been able to make it in the evenings. I like how the morning classes have an extended warm up session on mats. If I can ever manage to get myself up early enough, it would be something I could do at home too.
I’m finally taking Ari’s advice to heart and writing a capoeira journal. I have tons of notebooks all over the place, but I lose them or get them mixed up with my other notes. I think blogging about it will make it easier for me.
Three firsts this week:
First time getting elbowed in the face. It was kind of my fault for not blocking, but I learned a valuable lesson that I will remember. Thanks LC! Tip from Ari: use your elbows to block your partner’s elbow and knee, it’s more subtle and less aggressive than using your hands. My cheek is still a little sore,
First time doing a pull up. I was inspired by a blogpost I stumbled upon on Art of Manliness and decided to go for it. I was I was at the academy taking a break by a horizontal bar and just pulled myself up. This is certainly not something I could have done a year ago. Next step is trying to do 2 in a row. Looking to build upper body strength in general so I can do queda de rins into a tesoura, like we were doing on Tuesday night in class.
First time doing a handstand away from a wall. After Ari giving me a valuable tip of folding my body more and getting my feet closer to my hands before I go up, I was able to go up into a handstand. It seems that the trick is thinking more about up, rather than forward. Forward is fine for doing a handstand on a wall, where the wall is there to catch you, but up is where it’s all about.
Another lesson learned this week, Grilo taught us how to do a tesoura while guarding the family jewels. Valuable tip indeed.
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Video of me giving a Pecha Kucha-style talk at a Purpose.com event in March 2011. I weave together a story that combines design philosophy and movement building with anecdotes and metaphors from capoeira, pop culture, and literary history.
There was a camera glitch halfway through the talk, so please pardon the jump cut. Music by Hepnova.
New cord, new nickname, new moves, and new tunes. All in all an awesome Capoeira Angola Quintal festival week.
The video above is of me playing for my dark green cord. Thanks to Mei Yen for the video!