CAPOEIRA ANGOLA OR REGIONAL? WHAT TYPE OF CAPOEIRA DO WE PLAY?
Cordão de Ouro was created by Mestre Suassuna & Mestre Brasilia, both wanted to move away from this distinction of two styles of Capoeira. For them Capoeira is Capoeira.
Here at CDOB we don't like to divide people we like to connect them!
With combined influences of Mestre Bimba, Mestre Pastinha, Mestre Canjiquinha, Mestre Waldemar & many others they wanted to teach Capoeira in all of is aspects.
After Mestre Suassuna started to develop structured ways of teaching, and invented a new way of training Capoeira, one that made CDO one of most famous groups and styles of Capoeira in the world.
THE GAME OF MIUDINHO
Miudinho não é angola, Miudinho não é regional, Miudinho é um jogo manhoso, É um jogo de dentro, É um jogo legal...”
In the 1970s and 1980s, Capoeira had undergone a period of great expansion and popularization throughout the country, achieving a very high status in Brazil and abroad. Several unexplored benefits started to emerge, such as the insertion of capoeira in the curriculum of educational institutions; the development of training methodologies; the increasing social recognition of Capoeira. The expansion of the potential labor markets resulted in the application of Capoeira in works of great social value, such as adaptation to special needs students, the reintegration of marginalized children and young people and Capoeira for the elderly. Alongside the benefits, also came the losses - injuries and harm were caused to students by young "masters" who promoted aggression, sliding into violence.
During this period, Master Suassuna, concerned about the direction that Capoeira had been taken, began by reviving movements from the Capoeira played in the late 50's. He then developed elaborate training sequences laying out these movements, how they should be learnt, experienced and taught. This allowed his students to become more creative, plastic, flexible and rich in movement style, he developed a style of work and some elements that, after a process that lasted more than fifteen years became known as Miudinho.
The name was born from a joke in training, where the master said to his students that they should play "miudo", "miudinho" small and close to each other and often shouting during his classes: - you have to play close!
In the 90's, Mestre Suassuna went and worked on these sequences with his younger disciples who, with a rich and vigorous Capoeira, became known as the "Miudinho Generation ".
CDOB CODE OF CONDUCT CAPOEIRISTA'S SHOULD ALWAYS BE:
RESPECTFULRespect yourself. Be honest, truthful, have accountability, be responsible, forgive yourself; Respect your teachers. Listen, reflect, think, think again. Respect others. Don’t be selfish, avoid judging, don’t compare, don’t undermine or underestimate others, be forgiving.
PUNCTUAL Be on time (or perhaps before the class/workshop/event starts) Arriving to class earlier will help in many ways such as changing to training gear, paying for the classes, read new announcements, stretch, tune in to the mode of that day at the academy or connect with the teachers and students. Help in anyway needed if requested or if your common sense tells you to do so.
CLEAN Be clean and considerate (make sure to wear clean capoeira attire, always clip your toe nails, cover any cuts or open wounds with appropriate first-aid dressings), maintain always-good personal hygiene. Never were street shoes in the academy. Never train with unwashed t-shirts from prior training. If you have any out of the norm condition that promotes strong body odors such as strong sweat, bad breath due to digestive issues, “chulé” smelly feet, take appropriate measures to minimize or solve it.
CONSISTENT Be dependable, consistent, reliable, coherent, trustworthy, responsible, assertive and liable. Set good example and be diligent.
CONSCIENTIOUS Be conscious, courteous and thoughtful. Welcome newcomers and help beginners when needed. In our group everyone can help anyone. Potentially the hierarchy or belt ranking will be a determining factor to who needs more or less help. Remember that at anytime you are allowed to make a mistake! Motivate and encourage yourself and others to perceive improvement and change what needed in order to promote such improvement and growth and maintain the standards of our capoeira lineage.
COMMUNICATIVE Explain and relate all that is necessary to the person in charge. Greet the teachers upon arrival and announce to the teachers in class if you need to leave the room or leave the class even if the official class time has passed. Advise any or all our teachers of any physical limitations or personal concerns that you may have in regards to the activities you are requested to perform.
CONTRIBUTIVE Capoeira is not a spectator sport, join in, lose yourself don't worry about standing out or making a fool of yourself, when you relax others relax, always sing clap and encourage even if you are tired.
DISCIPLINED Have the capacity to be organized and consistent in order to achieve a particular goal and to pursue towards it with method, criteria and perseverance. Demonstrated a fun but focused approach.
CARING Take good care of yourself (rest well, eat well, give yourself treats), have fun and create joyful experiences. Know that you are capable of what you want as long as you really want what you are capable.
SHARING your happiness, your knowledge, your skills and your positive experiences with everyone. Share your frustrations, your concerns and your fears with a selected number of people that you trust and feel comfortable with: your friends, training partners or colleagues may help, but are not your therapist.