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In the Capoeira Connection Podcast EP 6, we sit down to talk with Contra Mestre Marrio of Capoeira Kalunga N’Golo based out of Houston, TX; as well as long fellow Angoleiro, Jaime Torres.
A Brief History:
Kalunga N’Golo is a non-profit 501(c)(3) cultural group available to share Capoeira Angola in classes with children and adults, or in community events.
The group has been active for close to a decade, participating in programs with the Houston Area Women’s Center, the Houston International Festival, and actively teaching under the 21st Century After School Enrichment Programs throughout HISD.
Among the Mucupe in southern Angola, there is a tradition of boys performing a zebra dance, the N’Golo, during the efundula, the celebration of girls becoming ready for marriage and childbearing. The boy who wins the N’Golo is allowed to choose a wife from amongst the new initiates, without having to pay a dowry. The N’Golo is the root of Capoeira. The enslaved Africans from that region that went to Brazil through the port Benguela, took with them the tradition of fighting with their feet. Over time, that which was principally a tribal tradition was transformed into a weapon of attack and defense disguised as a dance. It helped slaves to escape and establish free communities called Quilombos, including Palmares, an African Kingdom in the Western Hemisphere that survived for over a hundred years.
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In the Capoeira Connection Podcast EP 5, we sit down to talk with Colin Van Ert a.k.a – Graduado “Gafanhoto” of Capoeira Nago, owner of Grasshopper Fitness and Nutrition Coaching in Austin, TX.
Gafanhoto is a certified personal trainer, nutrition coach, and strength and conditioning coach. Today we discuss the importance of Strength and Conditioning for the everyday Capoeirista. We hope you enjoy!
Welcome back to another great episode of the Capoeira Connection Podcast. In our 4th episode, we sit down with Mestre Pinga Fogo (Guilherme Torres), a native of Taubate, Sao Paulo, Brazil who started practicing capoeira at the age of 5 with Mestre Quebrinha in Brazil…
In our 3rd episode, we sit down with long time friend, entrepreneur and Capoeirista, Contra Mestre Gringo of Capoeira Luanda in Houston, TX. We explore what it took to build a non profit organization based around the art and culture of Capoeira (The Brazilian Arts Foundation)…
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