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  • Date: April 7th, 2009
    Weather: Incredibly mild and sunny

    Today I didn't wear a coat at all! I still can't believe it!! Well, this entry is all about Capoeira.

    Last weekend I went o Manchester for the Spring meeting. It's been a year ago since last time I went to the first Spring meeting ever. That time I could hardly keep clapping for so long. I can still remember the burning feeling on my palms after many hours following the chorus in different rodas. The class started well because I felt I could follow the movements the mestre showed. I didn't feel that lost. Then the first workshop finished and I was feeling so terrified of buying a game in the roda, I couldn't move. So I decided I needed to get rid of that horrible fear and this is what I did:

    There was this huge black guy with long dreadlocks wandering as well. So I asked him: Do you wanna play? He replied, Now? Here? Yeah, I said. Ignoring completely who he was. So, I asked his name and he said "I'm Mestre Pantera" I got completely frozen, didn't know what to do! I freaked out! and he invited me to play. I had no choice. I played and it was soo much fun! Everybody was staring at us because it was absolutely evident I didn't know who he was in the first place which must have looked pretty hilarious. Fear was still there but I kind of forgot about it.

    That saturday night we stayed in Manchester and obviously there was party. Everybody was there and Mestre Pantera too. I told him the story I just wrote and he made a very interesting point about fear and playing in a roda. First, I should always stay calm down no matter how fast or good my opponent is. La tranquilidad. If I stay calm down, I can think, react, escape. And the second was I need to learn how to fall properly. That will give me the feeling of controlling my own body and it will also reduce the fear of being kicked. He also mentioned practicing on my own to polish my kicks for example. He said I'd need 3 years training as a minimum to start feeling I control my body.
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