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We are at early stages of the group and we would wait for some time before that we should find a first meeting.

Capoeira is a game to play and is a bit like dance and fighting together. It originates in Brazil with African peoples there hundreds of years ago. It has since become a popular sport for people all over the world.

What is the goal that we should hope to accomplish for this club? My name is Chris, and I’m not trying to give lessons to people, such that they should be introductory students and could go to the Capoeira school in town for that.

I went to the school that was in town here in Allen, but I was told that they would prefer only to have beginners. The school did not want to have people who were not merely beginners for the reason that they have high demand and limited space.

I’m not a beginner Capoeira, but I’m also not very much together with regular training, so even though I know the moves, I'm not a very great player at the moment. Thus, I would not ask that anyone who will play would need to be the best of players. But, I think that it would be unfortunate if some of us who enjoy the sport would not have better opportunity to play in some way for fun. That is why the meet-up group should be something that people could enjoy, not for the intense sort of overwhelming type of rigorous Olympian involvement, but rather merely casual engagement.

For our club, there’s a good chance that people will come and go, and more then three or four people definitely should we have, otherwise having the meetings is not even going to be enjoyable. So, it’s too early to suppose that meetings are things that we are going to have yet. We might often make tentative schedules and merely change them when people fail to commit. Such lack of play is not about hard feelings and punishment; it’s just about ensuring that we don’t waste time being a small group that is too few in number really to make our time together enjoyable.

Anyone who is interested should feel free to inquire on how to get involved, but bear in mind that if we have four or five people, only then should we begin to set a place and time for what we would do together.


Mr. Arthur began his studies of Capoeira at the ABADA school (www.abada.org) under the instruction of Professor Marcia Cigarra in San Francisco in 1996-1997. Basic movements and some gymnastics were acquired, especially with an emphasis on physical endurance. Mr. Arthur continued his studies mostly independently for the next five years, during which time he also briefly followed general courses with Groupo Axé (www.axecapoeira.com) in New York and also rhythmic elements at a school in Paris, and he taught classes to children in Nepal. In 2002, he became a student of Professor Adriano “Manga” da Sivla with CapuraGinga (www.capuraginga.com), with whom acrobatic skills were developed during a two-year study. Mr. Arthur continues to practice Capoeira movements, singing and music, and he participates occasionally in performances with Mr. Da Sivla.

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