Yet, how often do we actually choose? Often times I feel enslaved by my circumstance, things like budget, culture, expectation and responsibilities overwhelm me. I don’t feel the freedom I long for.
Freedom and Slavery
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art or folk dance, played by African slaves in Brazil. The word “slave” always fascinated me. Possibly because I don’t want to associate myself with slavery but probably because in so many ways I feel like one.
Capoeira World explains what Capoeira is as follows:
Capoeira is a martial art that combines elements of fight, acrobatics, music, dance and rituals in a very elegant and magnetic way. Performed by two people, it is often called a “game” that is played, not a fight. Capoeira is always played with a smile on face symbolizing that the capoeiristas are not afraid from the danger that is coming.
The uniqueness of Capoeira will give your body physical strength, power and flexibility and your mind self-confidence, concentration, courage and creativity. I’ve heard many people say that Capoeira is one of the best things that happened in their life. However, the only way to truly understand the magnetism of Capoeira is to see it and try it yourself.
Capoeira is played with a Smile
Capoeira is always played with a smile that is the first thing I noticed when I watched my first game. The music and songs
I really don’t fit the “martial art” / “Capoeira” mould and yet, I have been accepted. With my limitations, I am being pushed outside of my comfort zone. I am being challenged and I love it. I feel energised and excited when I walk out of a class, often times, singing!
In the past couple of weeks, I have been dwelling on these thoughts and I have come to a conclusion: Capoeira is not about helpless slaves wasting around with games. Capoeira is a choice. Capoeira is empowering oneself to be strong, capable and free.
LIFE is a lot like Capoeira,
We get to choose whether a circumstance will get us down or we can rise to the occasion. We rise by learning through the challenge and developing skills we never thought we had.
I choose Capoeira, as a sport and hobby and I choose freedom as a way of life.