Capoeira December 2009
CAPOEIRA: My visit to Grupo de Capoeira, PORTO DA BARRA En Marbella, Málaga, Spain

A translation of the text on the poster:

The Capoeira group “Porto Da Barra” was created by “Mestre Bradesco”  (Ronaldo Luiz de Lima) with a new concept of teaching Capoeira, respecting the roots but taking it more onto the cultural and folkloric level.

Due to this, it was decided to use the old cords (belts) idealised by “Almir Das Arcias” (Mestre Anande) which follow a chronological order in the history of Capoeira (Chain, String, Linen, and a joining of the three).

Thus making Capoeira more folkloric and cultural, and more and more trying to transmit this art with love.....

    During my holidays in Estepona, Malaga, at the beginning of December 2009 I was lucky to observe Instructor Sagaz, and his colleagues training on Marbella Promenade. It was an amazing show, and I watched them for a while.  

    Realising they had an audience they invited me into their group for a chat, and then later to join them in their club whenever I wanted. Having heard about, and seen Capoeira on the internet, I was keen to experience the art for real, so I went along that same evening to see the action.  

    Wow!!! What an experience! After 24 years of practicing karate and watching every type of martial art I had finally found something new. I was told that it was a novice class and they had only been training for 3 months. Even so they still showed fantastic skill. Instructor Sagaz kindly took the time to tell me a little of the history of the art, explaining where the colours of the cords (belts) originated.  

    I was very pleased when at the end of the class Instructor Sagaz invited me back to watch the advance group the next night. This was an impressionable display of skill. The moves were very similar to the ones used in Karate but the delivery was very different. Without any physical contact, they showed excellent technique using perfect distancing. I was keen to take part but knowing my limitations I didn’t dare.  

    I hope to return to Group Porto da Barra soon when I return to Spain.  

    I would like to send a big thank you and best wishes to Instructor Sagaz and his pupils for allowing me to share his art.

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CAPOEIRA: Visita al grupo de Capoeira, PORTO DA BARRA en Marbella, Málaga, España.

Al principio de diciembre 2009, durante mis vacaciones en Estepona, Málaga, tuve la suerte de encontrarme con el Instructor Sagaz y sus compañeros en el Paseo Marítimo de Marbella. Estaban entrenando y no pude pasar sin dejar de observar el show Capoeira tan increíble que hacían.

Nada mas verme observando, el Instructor me invitó a charlar con ellos y más tarde a ir a su club cuando quisiera. Habiendo oído y visto en Internet el deporte no pude contener mi interés y acepte encantado ir esa misma noche a verles en acción.

 Wow!!!!! Después de 24 años de practica y viendo todo tipo de artes marciales había encontrado una nueva experiencia para mi. Me informó que la clase era de principiantes y aunque habían entrenada nada más que 3 meses me demostraron una gran destreza. El Instructor Sagaz se tomó el tiempo para explicar un poco de la historia del arte, explicando el origen de los colores de los cinturones.

 Al final de la clase, el Instructor Sagaz me invitó a volver la siguiente noche a ver la clase avanzada, lo que hice encantado.

Era una clase impresionante, los movimientos son similares a los que utilizo en karate, pero realizados de una manera muy distinta. Sin contacto físico presentando una técnica excelente,, utilizando distancias perfectas. Tenía muchas ganas de participar, pero sabiendo mis limitaciones no me atreví.

Espero poder volver pronto al Grupo Porto da Barra cuando vuelva a España.

Mando las Gracias y saludos al Instructor Sagaz y a sus alumnos por dejarme participar en su arte.