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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Snake Books (January 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583941762
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583941768
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gerard Taylor is a writer living and working in the city of Oslo in Norway. He began training in capoeira in the 1980s and later received the grade Capoeira Instructor by Mestre Sombra of Associação Senzala de Santos and Mestre Sylvia Bazzarelli of the London School of Capoeira, recognized by the Brazilian Capoeira Confederation.In 1996 the author received his "formado" graduation from Mestre Sylvia Bazzarelli and Contra Mestre Marcos Aurelio Dos Santos of the London School of Capoeira. Later that year he established the Oslo Capoeira Klubb with another "formada" of the London School, Agnes Folkestad. Over the course of the next decade Taylor has trained many hundreds of students. In 2006, the Oslo Capoeira Klubb graduated formados of its own, some of whom demonstrate the movements in Capoeira 100.Since the late 1970s Taylor has worked in various fields of journalism and copywriting, including the Foundation for African Arts, and the Black Voice Newspaper. He has also contributed articles to Agogô Magazine and Brazzil Magazine. Taylor is the author of two previous works on capoeira: "Capoeira: The Jogo de Angola from Luanda to Cyberspace, Volume 1," a comprehensive history of pre-20th century capoeira, published by North Atlantic Books in 2005; and "Capoeira Conditioning," a whole-body training program using exercises from capoeira, published by Blue Snake Books in 2006.Anders Kjaergaard is a professional photographer living and working in London. In addition to shooting all the photographs in Capoeira 100, he illustrated Taylor's two previous books. With Sue Parkhill, Kjaergaard is presently completing work for volume two of "Capoeira: The Jogo de Angola from Luanda to Cyberspace," which will be published in early 2007.Kjaergaard and Parkhill are both graduates of the Royal College of Art where they studied photography on the MA program. They both continue to show their own work internationally as well as collaborating on projects such as this one.

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This is a pretty good book if you are a beginner.
Davide
It provides generally good descriptions of the techniques with clear colour photos and how these techniques can be used and combined with other techniques.
Ryan L. Nicholls
This book does a great job of breaking down the mechanics of beginner, intermediate & advanced capoeira movements.
Michael Darmas

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Darmas on May 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book does a great job of breaking down the mechanics of beginner, intermediate & advanced capoeira movements. However, understand that the book alone will not teach you capoeira! I take 1 - 2 classes a week here in Los Angeles & there have been some movements in class that I just didn't understand. Being able to come home & look up the movements in the book, where they are broken down step by step in photographs with instructions has helped me a great deal when I've hit a block. In addition, it covers both Angola and Regional styles of capoeira so you can tailor it to your practice. Finally, one of the coolest elements of the book is that for every move, it gives you pointers on when you could use the move, and others moves that can precede or follow it. That's helped me a lot in learning how to "chain" my moves with more fluidity. The only way to make this book better is if there were a companion DVD that allowed you to see the moves in real time. (hint, hint) I also have the Capoeira Conditioning book by the same author. Together they're like the text & workbook to go with the classes I'm taking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arthur L. Wilborn Jr. on November 12, 2007
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This is a great beginners book for those who are just starting out in Capoeira. this progresses with you as you go from beginer to advanced. I reccomend going to an actual class to fully understand and execute these movements and techniques. Also pick up the Capoeira conditioning book. It will definteley help you with the intermmediate and advance sections of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Norris on February 7, 2007
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I like this book it was great for showing many variations of the same moves. I've recomened it to others in my roda and they loved it. The book gives you several photos to illistrate the moves. It doesn't stop there it gives advice on good points to use a move and several exercises. It's pretty streight forword about everything and skips philosophy so that it is more accessable to those that don't want others to define and art that each individual needs to find for themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane Scott on August 23, 2013
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I do like the way this book progresses from beginner to advance. I do find that sometimes it is hard to follow the flow of the movement by looking at the photos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Regan Lu Shieh on May 6, 2013
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Other than a few exceptions, there is no other Capoeira book that explains Capoeira better than this one! It literally explains 100 Capoeira moves and 100 Capoeira terms. This book is almost unrivaled in its explanation of Capoeira!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tamzin on April 28, 2013
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This book has excellent detail and explanations, but it would still be difficult, and potentially hazardous to try an apply these techniques without the proper in-person guidance from an inspector. Still, it is probably the best book on the market. Overall, a GREAT book to supplement you if you are currently enrolled in a class.

PROS:
-Excellent photographs (clear angles and pixellation)
-Detailed explanation
-Variety of techniques
-Well-oranized content

CONS:
-lack of mitigation for poor techniques
-slightly less beneficial than a youtube video
-significantly less valuable than an actual capoeira class
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Davide on April 21, 2008
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This is a pretty good book if you are a beginner. I think anyone with an intermediate level wouldn't learn to much from it.

If you're getting started with capoeira, this is a great book that could help you develop your "jogo"

Although you have to remember that the true way to learn capoeira is practicing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn W. Holloway on July 8, 2007
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I discovered capoeira by accident 35 years ago while watching the film "Back Orpheus" on television. In one scene, the protagonist is attacked by the Devil, who entres the scene with a cartwheel and two front kicks. I was studying kung fu at the time, but this clearly was not Asian! The film was shot in Brazil in 1959 so I figured that Brazil figured into my search for what i later found out was an ancient Afro- Brazilian martial art. I am now 56 years old and a Capoeirista still. This is an excellent book for the beginner but even an old dog like me can use it. The photos and text are fantastic and explain everything quite well. I am losing weight, becoming more flexible and fast...even for my age! This book really is responsible for this. Attention all capoeirestas and wanna- be's: buy this book!

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