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Capoeira: Roots of the Dance-Fight-Game by [Capoeira, Nestor]
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  • File Size: 10147 KB
  • Print Length: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Snake Books (September 4, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GMTDGG
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Wow - amazing book! This book explores capoeira in a very detailed historical, sociological and philosophical context. It presents sensible historical evidence for the evolution of capoeira and not just mythical hearsay. This book might be a little boring to someone with just a passing interest in capoeira, but it will be hard for a capoeira lover to put it down. Thanks, Nestor - Axé!
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Again a very good book by the hands of the famous Nestor Capoeira. This book shows many aspects of our beautiful art and shows various views on certain subjects by people who really know this art (Jair Moura, Mestre Itapoan and more). The book is written with an open mind like I know Mestre Nestor. His open-minded view shows in all the conversations and lectures I had with him. This book is really a must for the dedicated Capoeirista.
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I consider myself an intermediate/beginner capoeira practitioner, and I have enjoyed it for several years, and of course, I've enjoyed it enough to seek more knowledge about Capoeira's history in the form of a book. I'm glad that this book has confirmed my notion that Capoeira has had a much more complex development that I originally thought, and that all sorts of your personal life situations and feelings can be involved while you "ginga" in the "roda". Nestor Capoeira really delivers knowledge in these historical and cultural fronts, as well as providing a in-depth look at how Capoeira is related to Brazil's overall history. The book of course, is not perfect, and I believe that in future editions, Nestor should really revise and rethink some stuff, like photography quality, the section about capoeira movement descriptions and illustrations (which I believe can be better explained), and possibly even rewrite the section called "Conferences an Debates of the 1990 World Samba Capoeira Meet.", which is a frankly weird section. For example, there's this subsection here called "Prevention of Accidents On The Major Joints Of The Body During Capoeira Practice by Dr. Maria Ines Pereira", where he describes the importance of the conference, but no useful knowledge is for the end user is written or explained at all. Why put the entire subsection up then? I don't think it makes sense. But overall, this book is a fantastic read if you have more than a passing interest in Capoeira, and Brazil in general. Highly recommended!
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Nestor Capoeira's book offers readers a powerful testimony to the history of capoeira. Written in a clear and informative style, Nestor's work is accessible to all. What I most appreciate about Capoeira: Roots of the Dance, Fight, Game, is that is both an excellent foundational piece for those new to the art-form's long-standing socio-cultural traditions AND one of the best references covering the inner-workings and politically-motivated debates that have taken place in the recent past. I particularly enjoyed the anthology of recent essays and updates he includes in the last 1/3 of the book: his own reflections on new elements in the history of capoeira and Muniz Sodre's perspectives that are informed by his experiences in Candomble. Nestor's experiences--both inside roda and inside the academic realm of research--will continue to be a touchstone for the next generations grappling with the ever-shifting and expanding global contexts of capoeira. I highly recommend this book! Axe ASCAB!
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This is a very informative book. It gives you a lot of knowledge on the history of capoeira. It's like a more advanced version of "Ring of Liberation". It lacks all of the different moves that were shown in "The Little Capoeira Book", but it does provide you with great variations. This is a definite must have for all who are interested in Capoeira. So far, this is the best book out in English.
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This is a good book to understand the roots of Capoeira deeper. One could argue that the edition needs some reviewing for clarity, but definitively there is a lot of good information there that it can't be easily found anywhere else. Capoeira is an art that is supposed to be transmitted orally... However, books like these help for people to understand the context behind capoeira and world, which is nothing more than the relationship between human and oppression.
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I have been watching my children learn to play capoeira for a number of months. What impresses me most is that they are learning more of an aesthetic than a series of martial arts moves. It is this Afro-Brazilian aesthetic which has allowed capoeira to grow and move beyond its homeland to become an international movement. "Capoeira: Roots of the Dance-Fight-Game" is not an instructional manual. Instead, it is a deeper look into the origin and aesthetic which has shaped the game.

Nestor Capoeira is not only a senior capoeira mestre but also one of the game's leading intellectuals. This work is a compilation of different articles he has produced over the years. Of special interest are his chapters on the role of malicia and malandragem in the playing of capoeira. His section on the rich dialogue between Mestres Bimba and Pastinha is also very interesting. What keeps me from giving this book five stars is that at times, Nestor Capoeira's writing style becomes excessively didactic in a manner common to Latin American intellectuals. This book is a great introduction and I am looking forward to reading additional books about the subject.
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