Dr. Lauren Griffith, assistant professor at Texas Tech University and has been studying Capoeira since 2004. She is also an established researcher and author writing about such topics as non-Brazilians searching for their own legitimacy as tradition bearers of the art, in what she calls an “Apprenticeship Pilgrimage” where Capoeiristas journey to Brazil in order to study, learn and grow with Brazilian Masters of the art. Join us in this special episode where discuss the power of social change through the art of Capoeira.
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Welcome back to another great episode of the Capoeira Connection Podcast. 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), as well as reflect on the path that lead CM. Gringo to his beginning of a wonderful life long pursuit of Capoeira, his connection and support from his Mestre (Mestre Jelon Vieira) and his goals for the future.
The Brazilian Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing cultural education and building community through the preservation and sharing of Brazilian culture.
The organization was created in 2001 to preserve and promote Brazilian culture in the greater Houston metropolitan area. In 2006, the organization established a cultural center in order to further develop and expand its program and performance offerings. Located in the historic Houston Heights, the center provides a home in which the Foundation offers the majority of its classes and workshops, as well as hosts events and educational programs.
In this episode we sit down to talk with special guest, long time friend and fellow Capoeirista, Estagiario Caju from Grupo Candeias to discuss his personal journey in Capoeira, having trained both in Brazil and the United States under both Brazilian and American Mestres, Contra Mestres, Professors and Instructors. We also discuss what it takes to branch out and start your own Capoeira school, and the surprises and challenges that come with that step; Apelidos (nicknames) and their importance, as well as Caju’s Non-Profit Project in Kenya Africa. Thank you again for tuning in!
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.