From “TraNSE CAPOEIRANO:
sobre estrutura do ser humano e modificações
de estado de consciência durante
a prática da capoeira”
CAPOEIRA TRANCE: A STUDY ABOUT THE STRUCTURE OF THE HUMAN BEING AND MODIFICATIONS OF THE STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS
DURING THE PRACTICE OF CAPOEIRA”)
by A.A. DecâNIO FILHO
TRANSLATION BY SHAYNA
THE LINK BETWEEN THE MATERIAL AND THE INVISIBLE
To play capoeira, the capoeirista does not need to know the history and the
technique of capoeira, because the rhythm/melody puts the practitioner directly in synchrony with the “abstract capoeira,” which encompasses the ethereal source of the movements, the paradigms of games, the
archetypes of capoeiristas, and perhaps “tradition” itself. For this
reason, we can learn by seeing, hearing, and dancing… as “Totônio de Maré” did at the ports of Salvador, Bahia.
“Itapoan” asked “Maré”
how he had learned capoeira and he responded:
the others playing.
entered the roda and played!”
As I saw in a videotape of Mestre Itapoan’s
collection, in his house.
“Vovô Capoeira” (Grandpa
Capoeira) did the same thing, at 84 years of age, in the roda of Mestre Canelão in Natal,
It is thus, little by little, that the combination
of the music with the relaxed movements comes to guide the capoeirista in the path of the trance that leads him directly
to the source of capoeira, in the invisible phase of reality, which is not of corporeal senses. It deals with a metaphysical
relation, the product of interaction among mental fields, as we describe below.
is reminiscent of ritual dance
being a form of bodily expression
the Being as a unit!
The gestures, the movements, the attitudes
Mime and mimic
What is going on inside the Being
Subconsciously or unconsciously.
the current will
does not belong only to one practitioner
the complex of beings acting under the governance of the music.
The process occurs as though there was
fusion of the beings participating in the game.
know in some fashion
current state of the other
a non-temporal and non-spatial communication
Similar to the satori
Or to integration on a spiritual level!
The will of each Being
Is to state his superiority through
the ritual dance.
There is integration
On a subconscious or unconscious level
Between the two participants
That enables the affirmation of the
Through gestures, movements, and attitudes
Capable of making the dominated will
To adopt gestures, attitudes and movements
predominance of the dominating will
From personal experience in the practice
I can state that it is possible
To take the other player to put himself
in a position favorable
To the application of a determined hit
To lose the capacity of defense or attack
As occurs in the “corralling”!
Is a situation created in a capoeira
In which one of the two players
Is put in a situation similar
To that of the animal led by the cowboy
to the corral
Through gestures, maneuvers, or commands
of another nature
With the characteristic that
the entrapped player there is no alternative left except obedience!
Under the point of view of martial art
It corresponds to immobilization (gatame)
In the ground fighting (newaza) of judo
It is distinguished by the subtlety
of the corralling
Product of ritual gestures
Before the direct use of strength and
In both the sporting activities
Exists the encounter and fusion of Beings
Whose wills are contraposed!
In both can occur
The phenomenon of direct perception and forseeing the behavior of the other
Which I also know by my own experience!
At a certain level of the practice of
the Japanese martial art
noted that I did not observe nor feel
With the typical sensory organs
presence or the movements of the opponent
I just knew what he was going to do!
Master Yoshida explained
Joyfully, happily, smiling
learned judo! More or less the seventh ‘dan’!”
The phase of shock passed by the natural
I remembered that in capoeira it was
the same thing
the lasso” it is necessary to know what the other player is going to do!
it is necessary to anticipate what the other is going to do!
The Japanese believe
Their martial art is the path (dô)
Of the learning of gentleness/softness
The Brazilians recognize
is the path of learning the way of being!
During the capoeira trance, the capoeirista modifies his emotional state and comes to face a situation of imaginary
risk as pleasurable under the protection of ritual and the vigilance and responsibility of the Mestre, so that it facilitates
the learning and register of appropriate solutions to the pretenses of dangerous situations.