"To stay with a broken heart, with a rumbling stomach, with the feeling of hopelessness and wanting to get revenge—that is the path of true awakening."
100 Days of Capoeira - Day 6
It was back to classes at the Academy last night. Did a million aus (cartwheels) which made me incredibly dizzy. Also worked on some footwork which was pretty fun. Watching myself on video makes me want to practice even more because I see how I’m improving and where I still need work. I’m still tweaking through the basic movements, but I would love to work in more expression with my body.
I haven’t felt this much drive to practice something every day in years. From the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed, I’m thinking about Capoeira from the movements and the music. It motivates me to balance my day with good foods, good sleep, making time for studying and writing because I want to make sure I have time to practice Capoeira. It’s pretty exhilarating. I know it’s a good thing I have going because any time I have felt this much determination, I always end up growing immensely and feeling so proud of what I’m doing. This time though, it’s not a one-time stint. Capoeira is a lifestyle I want to keep going for years and years.
If you find what you love, nothing will keep you from staying with it.
100 Days of Capoeira - Day 5
Rest Day. There isn’t an inch of body that isn’t sore to the bone right now. But that doesn’t mean I’m resting from Capoeira. Music is crucial in the martial art so I try to listen to as much Capoeira music as possible to be able to sing the choruses in the roda and eventually even play the instruments.
Trying to sing in Portuguese by ear is proving to be quite difficult.
Goals for July.
- Be prepared for the annual Capoeira Batizado so I can get my first belt
- Be able to do 10 regular push-ups
- Be able to do at least 1 chin-up.
I swear, on the day I pull myself up on that bar, I will be dancing in happiness. And probably do a couple victory laps around the gym.
100 Days of Capoeira - Day 4
100 Days of Capoeira - Day 3
The Academy is closed on the weekends so today was gym day after an early 5:30am shift at the pool. :) Worked my entire body and recorded my attempted headstands for Day 4. I hope to be able to stand on my head for at least a couple seconds longer. That way I can work my way into doing headspins like a breakdancer. :)
Finally went back to the Academy today for class and the weekly roda. I’d been dying to go since I only could make it out on Monday (sadly missed Tuesday and Thursday). December is going to be a full month of capoeira as school is out which something I’m looking forward to.
I DIDN’T FALL IN THE RODA TODAY! :D What an achievement (in all seriousness). There are still times when I freeze up in an awkward position because I overthink as I’m playing the person in front of me but I definitely see an improvement in my game. It’s only going to go up from here. I’m so excited!
The thing about capoeira is that there is always room for improvement. You have to be able to crawl and pounce like a tiger, perform as if you were in Cirque du Soleil, and learn to fly… all with the reflexes of a martial artist and the rhythm of a dancer. There’s so many facets to this art that you cannot run out of things to learn. It’s also why its so challenging and difficult to see improvement quickly in. I don’t know if I’ll look much better in the coming weeks or even months, but I’ll keep going because I know that in the end, it’ll pay off.
100 Days of Capoeira - Day 2
Beach in the winter in bare feet.
Totally awesome? Hell yes.
Did a shitload of queixadas + armadas (kicks) and aús (cartwheels) on the sand. Watching myself on video really made me see where I’m going wrong in my movements - I also think I figured out how to aú with more momentum. Practicing by myself on the beach made me feel kind of like the Karate Kid… except with, you know, Capoeira.
The giant flight of stairs back up to school were not too bad either (although my legs were jelly after doing kicks with them).
This video stuff every day is actually really fun. :) Can’t wait to see my progress.
Be grateful for what you have –
reflective of the steps you take.
Be foolish in your dreaming
and brave in your pursuits.
Be critical in your approach.
Be dissatisfied with contentment.
Be in love with the journey and who you are.