World Reknown Capoeira Master Visits Cebu City

Cebu City, 20 Jul 2011 – World reknown Capoeira master, Mestre Torpedo, visits Cebu City! Sinha Bahia De Capoeira Internacional, the only Capoeira academy in Cebu City, has a guest Capoeira master, Mestre Torpedo, visiting Cebu City to take part in the Batizado Interno, a very important festival for the Capoeira academy. The main event is 7pm Saturday evening at Ayala Center's Active Zone where Mestre Torpedo, Instructor Jensen & the Cebuano Capoeira practitioners will present a thrilling display of acrobatics, music, martial art, rhythm and Brazilian Culture. The event is co-presented by the platinum sponsor, Havaianas, the Brazilian brand of flip flops that is the world's leader in premium flip flop culture. Sinha Bahia De Capoeira Internacional will be having its Batizado Interno on 22-23 July 2011. The Batizado will be consisting of workshops, rodas, Batizado & Troca de Cordas.

Mestre Torpedo who is from Brazil will be providing training programs to Capoeira enthusiasts and beginners. It would be a combination of the best skills and mastery as Mestre Torpedo will pass on fresh skills and techniques after just arriving in Philippines after 8 months training in Brazil.

What is Capoeira?

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, sports, music, and dance. It was created in Brazil mainly by descendants of African slaves with Brazilian native
influences, probably beginning in the 16th century. It is known by quick and complex moves, using mainly kicks and quick leg sweeps, with some ground and aerial acrobatics, knee, elbows, punches and head butts.

The word Capoeira comes from the Tupi-guarani language, referring to the low vegetation areas in the intern part of Brazil.


Mestre Torpedo has travelled to many countries to teach and perform/ show case Capoeira -

Growth of Capoeira

At this point, Capoeira spread like wildfire even beyond the northeast of Brazil, and did not stop until it had enveloped most of the country. It was not long until the beauty of this great art couldn't be contained by Brazil's borders and began to spread to other countries around the world. Capoeira is gaining popularity right now, and it's popping up all over the place. It has also been featured in lots of other media such as commercials, music videos, movies, etc.

Capoeira was featured extensively in the 1993 movie, "Only The Strong". This movie starred Mark Dacascos, an actor/martial artist, and was about a former green beret who lived in Brazil for 4 years and trained in Capoeira. When he came back to his old high school he found it in a miserable state, so he decided to start a program to teach students Capoeira to give them a sense of pride and responsibility.

Capoeira is also featured in the Namco fighting game, Tekken 3 (also Tekken Tag Tournament and Tekken 4) in the form of Eddy Gordo. Not the first video game Capoeirista, but definitely the best and most famous, Eddy Gordo introduced Capoeira to many Americans. Some of Eddy's moves are not Capoeira (gymnastics flare and breakdancing windmill) but everything else is pure Capoeira that was motion captured by Mestre Marcelo Pereria of Capoeira Mandiga in California.

What is Batizado Interno?

A Batizado (literally baptism in Portuguese, and borrowed from the religious tradition) is normally an annual event for a Capoeira group in a region or country. The practice of Capoeira Batizados originates from Capoeira Regional, but has been extended to other styles.

Batizados are large events and are very important for the group organizing it. It is the point in the year where the new members will be baptized officially into the group and receive their first cords and where the other members depending on their progress will get a new one. A typical batizado will take several days and consist of workshops, the actual Batizado itself and a Troca das Cordas. Often many groups from more than one region will attend a Batizado for other groups. This allows for development of the game by contact with other players, teachers and styles.

Capoeira Classes in Cebu at:

1. Cebu City Sports Club
2. Luym Building- Downtown

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