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    Capoeira Mandinga

    Presented by and Kalamazoo Public Library at Kalamazoo Public Library - Central Library

    November 11, 2017

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    Capoeira Mandinga

    Capoeira is a unique method of understanding movement, music, and culture. In the 16th century Capoeira gave escaped slaves
    in Brazil both physical and spiritual means of liberation: physical liberation through the complex kicks and martial movements, and
    spiritual liberation through the preservation of African rituals and music. Capoeira has become accepted across the globe as an excellent physical art known for it’s beauty and creativeness as well as being recognized for it’s cultural traditions. Today, Capoeira still maintains it’s martial aspects, but it is typically treated as a game played between two people with no winners or losers. Capoeira is now considered an intangible cultural heritage of Brazil and was granted that special status by UNESCO in 2014. While seemingly complex, Capoeira is designed for people of all backgrounds to be able to benefit from its practice. One of the most famous sayings
    in Capoeira (translated from Portuguese) is “Capoeira is for men, women and children. The only ones who cannot learn it are the ones who don’t want to.”
    Our presenters today, from Capoeira Mandinga Allendale (MI) include
    Thomas ‘Santo’ Braganca — Head Instructor
    Chanise ‘Sossegada’ Love — Club VP
    Gabe ‘Madeira’ Hessenthaler — Club President
    Joseph ‘Cachorro’ Bielecki
    Thomas ‘Colega’ Selby-Jones
    Kevin ‘Forca’ Hendrickson

    Kalamazoo Public Library - Central Library

    315 South Rose Street
    Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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