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Lelé's Capoeira Blog

About this blog

This Blog is mostly about capoeira music and training. I keep a record of some of what we learn in classes/workshops, as I see them as important records of capoeira teaching. I also explore my various injuries and share anything interesting I find related to Capoeira/Brazilian history and culture.

My childhood nickname is Lelé. Which is just an affectionate, typical shortening of my full name. My friends and family in Brasil call me that and whenever I hear it’s like the child in me is being called to come out and play.

I started training again (after a 20 year gap!!!) in February 2011, with DDL in Streatham. This was accidental, as I was just looking for a local place where my son could learn Capoeira, but ended up being convinced by Mestre Guimba to give it a go myself. I haven’t stopped training since.

Since May 2014 I’ve been privileged and honoured to train with Mestre Poncianinho’s Mojuba group in London. It’s never too late to start learning Capoeira. I spent years not going back because I thought I was too old and that was foolish of me.  All I wanted was to train again. Capoeira never left my heart since I first met her when I was a teenager living in Brasilia.

When it comes to my injuries, and there have been many over the years: “I would rather wear out than rust out” – Dolly Parton

2 thoughts on “About this blog

  1. T

    Hello – great blog! Question – I have a decent berimbau tha i bought approx 10 years ago
    prior to learning much i allowed it to remain armed while not being used.
    Over time the verga has bent (or straightened) about 8 inches from the bottom and its difficult to obtain adequate spacing between the arame and the verga to play.
    Any suggestions for how to reshape the verga?
    OR just arm tight enough to force the verga to bow into place and pull the arame shorter?

    1. golubov Post author

      I don’t quite understand what the issue is. Are you saying there’s not enough space for the pedra to fit in, or there is too much space? Is the verga too bent or not enough – you say it has bent or straightened? Anyway, I think once a verga has been armed for too long it’s quite difficult to bend it back. Also my Mestre says the verga doesn’t last forever and they have a finite life. He does have a very special one he’s had for over 20 years but none of us is allowed to touch it!!!

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