Capoeira Sobreviventes was formed in May of 2006 as a result of there being no existing cultural center for training the Brazilian art form, despite the fact that there are thousands of Brazilian-Lebanese living in Lebanon today.
Volta ao Mundo, the Lebanese-Brazilian connection, is a recently established non-profit cultural association in Lebanon introduced a free show of capoeira Saturday morning in downtown Beirut.
Capoeira is an art form developed by African slaves in Brazil during the colonial era.
It is a culmination of a fight, a game, and a martial art disguised as a dance and used as a means for liberating the body, mind, and soul.
Capoeira has spread globally as a cultural activity fulfilling the indispensable human desire for freedom of expression and self-determination.
Capoeira is not only a martial art form but rather a way of life as well as a new approach to life. Capoeira has substantially spread during the last two decades and is now being played in over 150 countries – including a recent arrival in Lebanon.
Capoeira can be played by anybody, men, women & children, from every background and all ages. It is also an activity that is currently being taught to the physically disabled.
Presently, Capoeira is a means of helping poor, disadvantaged youth from retaining to drugs and violence. Capoeira is also a means of developing self-expression and self-determination, something we all believe is important to our existence.
Picture a number of capoeiristas (Capoeira player/student) standing in a roda (circle) playing live music, singing in Portuguese while two people inside the circle mix dancing and fighting to the rhythm of instruments from Brazil. They sway back and forth (a movement called the Ginga) moving from side to side to the beat while those forming the roda surrounding them clap and sing. The players’ kicks miss each other by inches; they feign evading each other’s kicks with flowing motions. It is not a game of contact, but more a game of trickery.
There are a variety of Capoeira styles or games that are played, all according to a particular rhythm played on the most important symbolic instrument.
The Filhos de Bimba Escola de Capoeira (FBEC), is located in the historic centre of Salvador da Bahia, the Pelourinho. It was founded on June 10, 1986 by Manoel Nascimento Machado, known as Mestre Nenel. Mestre Nenel is continuing the work of his father - the famous Mestre Bimba, creator of Capoeira Regional - through the preservation and continuation of the methodology, principles and traditions laid out by his father. The FBEC also has several centres and schools located in other neighbourhoods of Salvador, as well as in other cities in Brazil and around the world.
The branch of FBEC in Lebanon opened its doors on April 1st, 2009. Nassib El Khoury (Grandão) and Alan Rocha Paixao (Sardão) started the school and were later joined by Roberta Cecilia Meireles Santana (Professor Chapinha). Also, in November 2009 Ricardo Santos de Jesus (Professor Anum) came from Bahia to help with the work of the entity.
Currently the classe are given by Professors Chapinha & Anum.
FILHOS DE BIMBA ESCOLA DE CAPOEIRA
NUCLEUS BEIRUT, LEBANON
Tel: (961) 3 182.426 – (961) 70 733.220