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Monday, August 23, 2004

Cordao de Ouro

Back from Manchester, visiting student university life. It's fascinating to observe a house of ordinary English students living and breathing Brazil, its language, songs and stories through capoeira - even though most people haven't been there.

An important part of capoeira training is to learn the language - you need to know how to sing the songs, understand the Mestres and feel the alma. As Parente, the instructor, told me - How can you learn capoeira (a sport/art/dance) if you don't know its language?

I felt uplifted to see English undergraduates, not famous for their interest in languages, talking comfortably in Portuguese when they could. And captured again by the pedagogy of capoeira.


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