A.A. Decânio Filho
Translation by Shayna McHugh
Great job on this text about holds!!! I will take it to the academy and put it on the wall.
believe that people who are said to be capoeiristas and who use holds, in reality do not know Capoeira and its techniques
and because of this fault, they use other resources. Many “mestres” say that they are making an innovation in
Capoeira by inserting blows (immobilizations) of jiu-jitsu and even have the nerve to mention the name of Mestre Bimba, saying
that he also introduced blows from other martial arts.
my opinion, Mestre Bimba did not allow the principle characteristics of capoeira to be lost, these being agility, skill/dexterity,
malícia… and none of these “mestres” who are call themselves important even arrive at the feet of the figure
that was Mestre Bimba, because of his charisma, personality and intelligence that gave an impulse to Capoeira.
believe that we must maintain tradition, and creativity can be used in the roda by means of the very freedom of expression
that Capoeira allows, but not to discharacterize this ART.
Vanessa, Capoeira RAÇA (Itabuna/BA) >
made me return 60 years and remember the
words of Bimba regarding holds:
capoeirista does not let himself be grasped…
below… he dodges… he flees… he escapes…
the capoeirista leaps, descends, retreats in au…
he is immobile… vulnerable… without defense…
the capoeirista leaps… descends and crawls… leaves in au…
immobile, seized, he can be stabbed…
kicked… stoned… shot… raped… violated…
IS HE WHO LETS HIMSELF BE SEIZED…
STILL IS HE WHO SEIZES!