Complimentary trials are offered every month. The next available sessions are:
- Tuesday , 6:30pm on the 26th of February at UTS Multi Purpose Sports Hall (733, Harris St, Ultimo)
- Wednesday ,12:00pm on the 27th of February at UTS Multi Purpose Sports Hall (733, Harris St, Ultimo)
- Thursday , 6:30pm on the 28th of February at Newtown
- Saturday, 11am on the 2nd of March at UTS Multi Purpose Sports Hall (733, Harris St, Ultimo)
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- Tuesday , 6:30pm on the 8th of January at UTS Multi Purpose Sports Hall (733, Harris St, Ultimo)
- Saturday, 11am on the 12th of January at UTS Multi Purpose Sports Hall (733, Harris St, Ultimo)
- Thursday , 6:30pm on the 17th of January at Newtown (St. Stephen Church Hall/189, Church St)
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Capoeira Brasil, Team Potiguara had their 2nd batizado at the beginning of October – ” Vem Jogar Mais Eu” For some of us, the event was our first batizado and a recognition of our progress since we began learning capoeira with Professora Potiguara. For the more senior members, this was an acknowledgement of their leadership and service to the team and signified their readiness to undertake greater responsibilities within the group. The week started with a series of workshops, the first led by Instructor Mercurio from Group Capeora Brasil New Zealandand, then subsequent ones led by Mestre Boneco. We learnt some sequences created by M. Boneco specially designed to build the foundations for offensive and evasive manoeuvres. We learnt how to apply feigned offensive movements to control a game and manipulate the opponent. These workshops were quite intense and tested our fitness to the limit (I would be the first to admit that I did not complete the 100 sit-ups and 100 push-ups at the end of the workshop day 2!); they were however very rewarding in developing confidence and fluidity in our games. The most inspiring aspects of these workshops I found were the philosophies on capoeira, especially how the lessons learnt in training can be applied to real life. I was particularly inspired by Instructor Mercurio’s story of how capoeira gave him a future away from a life of crime in the disadvantaged areas of Brazil. To me, his story is perhaps a reminder of what capoeira stands for, that it provides hope of freedom from oppression, be it an oppressor from the outside (colonial occupation) or of our own demons.
The week concluded with the batizado itself under the supervision of Mestre Boneco and attended by many prominent guest capoeristas in the Australian capoeira community. To see these guests play and have Mestre Boneco instill his infectious energy into the roda was exhilarating and amazing to watch. We played well in the roda with the mestres and other guests, showcasing the strength of our group. We are indebted to our Professora Potiguara for organising this week-long event and inviting all the guest capoeristas. For a first-timer attendee like myself, the batizado is a most valuable learning experience. It was humbling to discover the depth, richness and complexity of the capoeira culture. At the same time, the event also inspired me to improve myself both in and outside of the roda. We are very fortunate to also have two recreational workshops (Brazilian drumming and samba) and a forro after-party organised for us to enjoy the festive side of Brazilian culture. I must say that all the girls shown exceptional talent in samba and are performance-ready with one day of workshop; I wish the same can be said for the guys (myself included)!
It remains to thank our Professora Potiguara not only for organising the batizado, but also for her leadership and teachings. We would also like to extend our gratitude to all the guests that attended our event and UTS sports union for their support.
The month of September for Team Potiguara was a hectic month of preparations and training. This is what we train for and wow, it was worth it. The 2nd Batizado held in the very beginning of October was an amazing success, and there really isn’t much more to say about it. Pictures, videos and reviews will soon be available on the website www.australiacapoeira.com.au
A huge thankyou to Potiguara for all your hard work, Suado, who put in above and beyond expectations in the organisation of the event, all the members of the club who were simply fantastic, and of course the groups Master, Mestre Boneco. Obrigado Mestre!
The grading day was a great event, everyone had fun and we all learnt a lot. Congratulations to all the capoeiristas that graduated and everyone else that else graded and participated. The mood from the end of the event was that the club is now again more motivated to make next years event even bigger, to train harder and continue to grow the group.
The capoeira club would like to thank the UTS Union for their continued support. The event would not have happened with this success without you.
Photos and videos will be coming soon.
Team Potiguara has expanded metaphorically and geographically recently with more activities, participation, members and events, and Mariana, their trainer, heading off to Brasil for some Capoeira roots. This wasn’t a smooth process at all however, as various volcanoes grounded many Australians for over a week, Mariana being one of them!
This has truly been a very productive and exciting month for us. The club has announced the dates for their 2nd batizado. The week long event is from 3rd to 8th of October and planning has begun. Fundraising has begun and the ball is rolling This event will again invite our master Mestre Boneco to Australia, as well as other international and local guests to share their knowledge with the group.
Some of the clubs members have been missed recently with holidays and injuries (black eyes and blood noses), but the club is looking forward to having them all back very soon. The Capoeira club will be producing its second annual newsletter at the end of next month, so be on the lookout for that. This issue will pay respects to the late Mestre Roxinho, who passed recently, a loss for the Capoeira world, a great and inspirational player and master.
The clubs monthly roda’s will continue. These events include a Gincana, as a welcome to the new raw chords. If you miss this one, further events will be announced on the events page of the website. We would like to congratulate the new raw chords to the club. We hope this is just the beginning of their Capoeira journey. The June Roda of the month was a great success, fantastic games and heaps of energy. The Capoeira club is offering free trial classes to UTS students on Saturdays and Tuesdays throughout June and July at 6:30pm followed by a beginners course. For more information, please use the contact us form on the website.
We have announced the dates for our 2nd batizado. The week long event is from 3rd to 8th of October and we have already started planning. Fundraising has begun and the ideas are flowing. This event will again invite our master Mestre Boneco to Australia, as well as other international and local guests to share their knowledge with the group.
Big News: We have now also been incorporated as the Oz Capoeira Association with the NSW government. This will introduce the club to new sponsorship and funding opportunities, as well as greater exposure to the activities of our group, Brasilian culture and our passion of Capoeira
The clubs monthly roda’s will continue. These events include a Gincana, as a welcome to the new raw chords. If you miss this one, further events will be announced on the events page of the website. We would like to congratulate the new raw chords to the club. We hope this is just the beginning of their Capoeira journey. May’s Roda of the month was a great success, fantastic games and heaps of energy. We must’ve been doing something right because we broke a total of 3 arame’s!
The Capoeira club is offering free trial classes to UTS students on Saturday the 4th June at 12pm and Tuesday 7th June at 6:30pm followed by a beginners course. For more information, please use the contact us form on the website.
On Saturday the 7th of May 2011, Team Potiguara from Group Capoeira Brasil, went along to Mestre Peixe’s XVI International Capoeira Festival/Batizado, held in Darling Harbour. The event started off by forming 5 small rodas around the centre stage where quick games were played. Subsequently one single main roda was formed where we got the opportunity to see Mestre Zumbi and Mestre Cal Matos (2 of the main guests from the event) play. New cordas were given to the members of Mestre Peixe’s school starting from the highest and finishing with the lowest. As each level was awarded, the students played the Mestres and with other students at that level. After all the cordas were awarded, there was a maculelê performance, solos were performed and then came a Samba dance off and a Brazilian percussion (Batucada) performance by the members of Mestre Peixe’s group.
Being relatively new to Capoeira, we learned a lot about the different aspects of the game by observing the higher belts play in the roda. The ritualistic movements that were performed by Mestre Boneco and Mestre Zumbi in the Angola games were very interesting. It was exciting to see our master Mestre Boneco getting in to the Roda with his fast paced games as some of us had never seen him play in real life prior to this moment. He has a very powerful stature. It was also fantastic to see our Professora Potiguara playing against the Mestres and Professores. It was an ideal opportunity for us to play with and learn from other capoeristas at this event.
“It was great to see the strength and depth of the Brazilian Culture presented on the day. Capoeira is more than kicking and esquivas, it is the music, the people, the maculelê, the samba, the ritmo… just like the Mestres we should embrace all aspects and will get more out of it for doing so! (Just don’t forget to esquiva!)” – Energia
We had a lot of fun at the Batizado and this has been a great showcase for Brasilian culture here in Sydney.
Written by Acai and Energia
1st Capoeira Batizado & Encounter for Capoeira Brasil Sydney – Professora Potiguara, under the supervision of Mestre Boneco
This exciting event will run over the course of 5 days from the 19th to the 23rd October at different locations around Sydney and will include workshops by local and international guests on:
- Capoeira (kids and adults)
- Traditional Capoeira music – songs and instruments
- Brazilian dance and culture
Workshops will be held in the evenings between Tuesday 19th and Friday 22nd. The Batizado will be on Saturday 23rd from 11am.
The guest of honour is Mestre Boneco (www.capoeirabrasil.com) who will be leading the event. It will be an electric week having Mestre Boneco, one of the founders of Group Capoeira Brasil, here in Sydney as he teaches multiple workshops and leads the Batizado. The main event will be held on the Saturday 23rd of October and will be an exciting day for the members of Team Potiguara who will be receiving their new cords.
Guests are more than welcome to come along and participate in the workshops. Friends and family are encouraged to come along to watch and bring their energy to the Batizado which is sure to be a vibrant and electric finish to the 1st Capoeira Batizado & Encounter.
Leading up to the workshops and Batizado there will be a ‘Latin Party’ fundraiser held at UTS Glasshouse Bar on Saturday 9th October to help raise money to support this event. Tickets are $12 ($10 if you are a UTS student) and everyone gets a free drink on entry! The Latin flavoured beats will be provided by Tropicante Sound Systema. For more information and to RSVP see the Facebook event page.
Professora Potiguara and her team are excited to be holding their first event. We look forward to getting in the action in October and hope to see you there!
For more information contact Professora Potiguara (email@example.com) or Tristen (firstname.lastname@example.org)