Welcome to the website for Oficina da Capoeira, Chichester.

Currently the group is on a brief hiatus whilst the instructor takes a break to settle in with his new born second daughter.

Classes will return, watch this space!

Monday, 29 June 2015

Muito obrigado Mestrando Primo

I first started capoeira on June 12th 2008. In fact, the post has been immortalised on my Facebook feed:

Back then there was only one lesson a week (the group was just getting back up and running after a brief hiatus in between the master who set it up leaving, and the then Professor Primo arriving) , and it wasn't long after I started that I took a few weeks out of training to go off and trek part of the Great Wall of China for the Meningitis Trust. Before I went, Mestrando Primo was selling abada - with the impending travel, and not much funds to spare, I said that I'd buy some abada on my return and after the next pay day. Primo put his trust in me, and let me have the abada telling me he trusted me to pay him back when pay day came around.

This weekend was the 8th Cheltenham Capoeira Festival, and it was a very emotional event, where Primo once again put his trust put his trust in me, and all his other students.

Mestrando Primo, with Mestre Ray's blessing, gave me the amazing honour of awarding me my blue Graduado Corda. I must confess, I did not think it would be coming so soon - I still have so much to improve upon, and so many new things to learn. But I am pleased that I now have students of my own to join me on the journey as I go about improving and growing my capoeira,

It was also joyful to see my friend Nego Lua receive his Instrutor corda; Mandingueiro, Esperta and Ace Ventura receive their Monitor cordas; my students from school receive their first cordas; welcoming Estagiaro Rad into the Oficina Family and to see all the other students exchanging their cordas. It is up to us now to help grow Oficina da Capoeira in the UK, because there was also some sad news:

Mestrando Primo announced he would be leaving the UK, which is upsetting for us, but great news for him as he takes a new path in life that will help him feel complete. I wish him every success!

It is hard to find the words to express how I feel, and what Primo means to me. He brought capoeira into my life, and I will be eternally gratefully for that. So I will just finish by publicly saying a big thank you to Mestrando Primo again. Thank you for the trust you've put in me with the graduado corda, and for everything else, I look forward to growing Oficina da Capoeira in Chichester and making you proud of the seed you have planted.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Friday roda 26th June - Festival Bonus Edition!

The 8th International Capoeira Festival starts today, so in celebration, here are two rodas for you:

The first is with Mestre Joazinho and Mestrando Primo:

The second is a nice roda, over seen by Mestre Ray, in Brazil:

Can't wait to jump into a roda myself! Hopefully see you at the festival...

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Friday roda 19th June

This week's Friday roda post features Mestrando Primo and Professor Boneco. I really enjoy the moves, the energy and the playfulness:

Am really looking forward to this time next week, when I'll be getting ready to head to Cheltenham for the 8th International Capoeira Festival along with some of my students. It will be good to see Mestrando Primo, and the rest of the Oficina family again!

Friday, 12 June 2015

Friday roda 12th June

This week's roda features Mestre Ray and Professor Neguinho (and also Mestrando Primo playing berimbau from about 40 seconds in). The roda in this weeks post is from a festival organised by Professor Neguinho in Belgium - it was an amazing event! Mestre Ray and Professor Neguinho will both be guests at the 8th International Capoeira Festival in Cheltenham in a fortnight!

I'm really looking forward to the festival - big capoeira events are always great: the rodas; the workshops with a wide range of capoeira teaachers; meeting old friends from the capoeira community and making new ones, and it's always very special at your home event!

There's still space at the festival, and if you'd like more details please get in touch!

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Oficina da Capoeira cordas (belts) and titles

A few people have asked me about the colours of the cordas in capoeira, so I thought I would explain the grading we use. 

Different schools use different systems - the colours of the corda can change, and some schools do not use cordas. In addition, the titles/ranks that schools use can change, as can the order in which they are given. Below is the system we use in Oficina da Capoeira. 

You start with a white corda. This can be exchanged at a batizado for a different corda, and the progression is shown below. Batizado translates as "baptism", and whilst some capoeiristas bring their religion to their capoeira, it is not a religious ceremony. At certain levels, a title is also given, these are shown in bold above the first corda for that title.

In time, we will organise a batizado in Chichester, but the next batizado for Oficina da Capoeira in the UK will be during the 8th International Capoeira Festival in Cheltenham. The festival starts on Friday 26th, and finishes with the batizado on Sunday 28th.

Oficina da Capoeira's main batizado is held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in December.

There is an additional title not mentioned below: "Estagiaro" - these are for capoeiristas that have come from a different group. As different groups have different systems, their cordas may put them above or below where they would fit with Oficina, and so they are given a white/blue corda. This is exchanged for the appropriate corda for their level in the Oficina da Capoeira ranks at their first Batizado with us.


















Thursday, 4 June 2015

Friday roda 5th June

Last weekend I was at Let's Play Capoeira 2015, an annual event organised by Mestre Maxwel and his group Ile Capoeira, along with some of the Oficina family in the UK:

Mestre Acordeon was there, and it was amazing to train with this legend again. As he is 70 now, he doesn't jump into every roda, but is a little bit more discerning now. Contra Mestre Hiram Ribeiro had the honor of playing with him, and it was very special to watch this live!

What a bless to be chosen by MESTRE ACORDEON to play Capoeira.Entre esses e outros momentos que tenho a certeza e me orgulho de ser Capoeira.#LENDAVIVA #MESTREACORDEON #OBRIGADO #ILEMESTREMAXWEL #CAPOEIRACLUB
Posted by C Mestre Hiram Ribeiro on Saturday, 30 May 2015

A big thanks to Mestre Maxwel and his students for the event. It's got me even more excited for Oficina's own event in Cheltenham - the 8th International Capoeira Festival.

The big festivals and events are one of my favourite things - playing capoeira all day, training with lots of guest teachers and mestres, getting to meet capoeiristas from other groups, the big rodas, the energy. I'm really looking forward to this one, and if you're interested, there's still space!

If you would like any information about coming to the festival, please get in touch at (or with any of the other contact details on the right of this website).