Because Toes Get Fingered Too

I guess I was just a bit too excited that I’m finally back on the mats. Three weeks is a bit too long and my training sessions have been sporadic lately so I got a few “Hey Pena’s back” faces again which is usually my cue to shriek “Hello!” with my usual “Yes I know I was gone again” face. But all is good and as I said I probably got too excited because I threw in a few fancy stuff without a good warm up and now I’m limping because of my “fingered” right toe. Or was it supposed to be called “toed” right toe? Continue reading “Because Toes Get Fingered Too”

Introduction to Capoeira: For World Youth Day Volunteers

In 2013, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil will be hosting World Youth Day (WYD), and we were fortunate enough to be invited by some Filipino volunteers to talk a bit about Capoeira, which, in a way, is central to Brazilian culture.

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To Be Monstrously Fit: Capoeira ‘Fro Day Fridays

“You are a monster.”

In the context of sports, this is probably the best compliment that I could ever give. If I tell you that you’re a monster, it means that you’re in more or less that physical state I aspire to be in. Earlier this year, I told myself I want to be as fit as I was back in college. Today, I pull that goal up a level higher. I want to be fit as a monster. Continue reading “To Be Monstrously Fit: Capoeira ‘Fro Day Fridays”

How It Feels to be Kicked in the Face (Part 2: A Lesson In Capoeira)

Capoeira has always been known to be a “dance” type of sport. There is so much grace involved in it that people often forget that it’s a martial art. As the capoeira song “Zum Zum Zum” goes: Zum, zum, zum, Capoeira mata um! Translated to english, this means: Zum, zum, zum, Capoeira is deadly! It is. Continue reading “How It Feels to be Kicked in the Face (Part 2: A Lesson In Capoeira)”

How It Feels to be Kicked in the Face (Part 1: How’s My Nose?)

What Happened

I was kicked in the face last night. And I don’t mean figuratively – I mean literally kicked in the face; smack in the middle of my nose. How did it feel? Imagine a big guy’s shin (almost) whappacking on a small girl’s nose – understand now? Continue reading “How It Feels to be Kicked in the Face (Part 1: How’s My Nose?)”