- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 3, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195176979
- ISBN-13: 978-0195176971
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 5.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #986,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book is about the changes students undergo as they learn the art. The results are striking. Using phenomoenolgical analysis, exploring physiological memory, and the tried and true personal anecdotes, Downey offers testimony that academia's shift to the personal has benefits."--Joshua M. Rosenthal. Latin American Research Review
About the Author
Greg Downey is at University of Notre Dame.
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this book does not teach you moves but, then again, capoeira has never really been about moves; it is about <em>moving</em>. greg downey guides you through what it is like to learn capoeira, and what it is like to see through the eyes of someone who has gained experience in the game and learned to see with the eyes of a <em>malandro</em>, shows you how you will be changed if you go deep into the game. there are quotes from joao pequeno, joao grande, mestre moraes, as well as many other renowned mestres of capoeira, and lots of great stories.
downey's book is based upon experience with capoeira angola with GCAP in bahia, and you may find yourself more attracted to it if you practice angola, rather than regional or contemporary capoeira. but whatever you play, you will probably learn a lot from this book. i for one am very happy i picked it up, and have passed it on to my contra-mestra. i am confident she will enjoy it as well.
Side note, while the author tries to be unbiased, there's definitely a thread of Capoeira Angola being superior, at least morally and philosophically, to Capoeira Regional.
He speaks from a backround in sociolgy and phenomenolgy. His arguments are strong whilst his stories entertaining. Neither form of Capoeira is looked over nor does he argue for one particular style, he gives a wonderful overview of the mythologies, teachings and importance of Angola and Regional.
A great book and a wonderful learning tool.