Maculelê is one of the traditional Brazilian dances capoeiristas perform during batizado. It is a stick fighting dance that progresses to using facão, machetes. Here, I perform maculelê with my grupo, grass skirt and everything.
I had one day to learn the routine. Turns out, I was the replacement for the replacement, who sprained his ankle the day before the performance. Thank goodness I remember how to play maculelê!
These are the games we played during batizado to showcase capoeira to the audience. I finally received permission to post the video. So, here it is!
My games are at 3:12, 5:08, and 8:04
This past weekend was the Batizado for Axé Capoeira Kansas City. A long weekend of 4 to 6 hour workshops followed by the capoeira ceremony, the event called Batizado (baptism). If you deserve it, this is where a capoeirista can receive a promotion and a higher cordão.
I was surprised and excited to be up for promotion. Here, I play with Professor Tigrão from Axé Capoeira Calgary for my azul (blue) cordão. Just one rank shy of where I used to be before I moved away from Kansas City.