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Lelé's Capoeira Blog

About this blog

This Blog is mostly about capoeira: music and training. I’m a student of the art and 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 first started Capoeira in 1987, when I was 16, in Brasilia. I only trained for a couple of months and then had to move to Rio with my aunt/uncle. I couldn’t find anywhere nearby to train, so I had to stop. I moved to London in 1989 and, serendipitously, found a group near where I lived, in Islington. I trained for nearly a year in 1990/1991. I stopped when the teacher, Robinson from Muzenza, left the UK. The only other group I knew of in London back then was too expensive for me – I wasn’t earning much and I was studying. So I stopped, but I never forgot about Capoeira.

Fast forward to twenty years later and I started training again. February 2011, DDL in Streatham. This was unintentional, I thought I was too old to do Capoeira and I was just looking for a local place where my son could learn Capoeira. Mestre Guimba convinced me to give it a go myself and that I wasn’t too old (I was 39 years old). I have been training regularly since then.

From 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 teenage girl.

When it comes to my injuries, and there have been many over the years, as Dolly Parton likes to say: “I would rather wear out than rust out”. Recently, I’ve had no injuries – I think I learned to take better care of my body through earlier injuries. A regular regimen of healthy eating and weight bearing exercises/cross-training seems to help. I’m currently doing Heather Robertson’s 12 Week FREE workout along my Capoeira training.

Thank you for taking the time to read. Here is a token of my appreciation, two Brazilian music mixes I made. Enjoy!

Videos of some of my games/training/music over the years on YouTube…

3 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!!!

  2. Conan Marshall

    Hi there, I am a photographer/filmmaker making a short documentary film about Capoeira Angola in Falmouth, England. I am trying to find capoeira music/instrumentals to use in my video that is public domain or royalty free, I have been enjoying your videos and blog, would you know how i can get hold of some music/audio to use? Many thanks, Conan Marshall.

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