Garibaldi Street (today Anita Garibali Avenue) 556, Rio Vermelho, Salvador
Anita Garibaldi Av. 556, Rio Vermelho, Salvador
Text and photo gallery
Capoeira de Angola in Mário Cravo's place
the page above-
O Cruzeiro, 10th December 1955
"Tamunderê, cumo tá, cumo tá,
Tamunderê, cumo tá vosmicê"
CAPOEIRA DE ANGOLA
Text and photos by JOÃO MARTINS
"CAPOEIRA" was brought from Africa to Bahia by the slave negros of Angola. The name of this original fight, where the head and the feet are more used than the hands, has as much as interesing origin as the fight itself. The thing is that this means of defence and attack of the slaves, against whom the colonizers came be inferior, was terminally prohibited. The runaway slaves, however, hid themselves in the forest and there they defended themselves from the persecutors or attacked the travelers. So these elements were baptized "capoeiras", the name which ended up characterizing the fight so to say. Another interesting thing is that the slaves, to practise their sports, camuflaged it with a dance, to the sound of the berimbau, caxixi, reco-reco and pandeiro. And so "capoeira" was passed on from generation to generation to our days, when it's what could be called a true and typical brazilian fight. Moreover a very efficient fight, which should be more circulated, like nowadays is done with jiu-jitsu and boxing. In Bahia are found the greatest mestres of this traditions, like Valdemar, Onça Preta, Reginaldo, etc., besides the famous Mestre Bimba who, however, introduced to "capoeira" freefight and jiu-jitsu kicks, creating what he calls "a bahian regional fight", for which he is critizised and fought for by those who practise the pure and old Angolan fight.