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Blessed May Be An Overused Word But Fuck It

There are many things to be grateful for today. And so despite my tired bones and sleepy eyes at this hour, I feel obliged to write them down lest they fade away into dreams.

Here’s the reality: I am blessed.

I just came from a whole-day yoga event called Global Mala Project Manila. I was supposed to be up and about by 10:30 am for the second class, but I ended up staying in bed a few hours more as a result of my long and sleepless week. (I must say, even that sleeplessness is a blessing in itself.) Continue reading

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

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 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

30 Minutes of 360 Fit (360 Fit Club)

Warning: contains a lot of random things about me.

Each day – or maybe at least each month – you gotta do something that you previously thought was impossible. At least attempt to do something. If you fail, no matter. Fail better the next time. As long as you don’t break your neck (or your nose) in the process, you’ll be fine. Promise.

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Festo Do Mundo 2011: A Big Capoeira Blast for Everyone

To those who are wondering what the hell Festo do Mundo 2011 is, here’s a not-so-brief explanation. Yearly, Sinha Bahia Manila holds a big Brazilian culture event with capoeira in the center. This year, this festival was composed of a workshop, batizado, and a bangin’ brazilian presentation at the Eastwood open park.

DAY 1-2. November 9-10.

Monitor Lorem flew in from Australia specifically for this. At 29 years old and with 17 years of experience, he taught us the basics of the game Benguela. Benguela, explained badly, is the slower, smoother game of capoeira. If you think that it’s the easier game, then Lorem will be the man to prove you wrong. We weren’t that prepared to have our muscles all used up before the event but man, did we enjoy that!

DAY 3. November 11.

Friday was reserved for rehearsals and last-minute costume preparations. By that night, some people from SBC Cebu have already flown in to join us. In SBC, capoeiristas from all over the Philippines — and all over the world are considered familia. So everytime there’s something big, we send owls to different parts of the world for invitations. This year, it was graced by Monitor Lorem from Australia and some good folks from Cebu.

DAY 4. November 12.

Noon. So here it is, The Day. Although most of us haven’t rested from all the preparations (and bonding), the energia was just amazing during the batizado. Literally meaning baptism in portuguese, batizados are ceremonies in which capoeira beginners are welcomed to the family and given their first cordaos (cords). At the same time, not-so-new members receive their new cordaos depending on their level of awesomeness! In capoeira, everybody is friggin’ awesome, not necessarily because of their skills but also because of their contribution to the familia.

Afternoon to Evening. No resting allowed it seems. Right after the batizado, we headed straight to Eastwood Open Park to start our preparations for the show. Here’s what we showed off:

  • Maculele. It might be surprising to see martial artists in grass skirts, but it’s all part of the brazilian culture. Maculele is an afro-brazilian dance with people striking sticks together. Apart from being nice for shows, this also proves to be a damned good cardio workout.
  • Afrodance. I’m not really sure about the history of this, but this is sort of a warrior dance.
  • Samba. So after all those war and fight-ish tunes, some girls (and guys) from the team did a little bit of samba to wow the crowd. A little something to take men’s eyes out of their sockets.
  • Capoeira. Last but not the least. It was time to show off our axe and get the audience clapping. Some flew and some but stayed on the ground, but everybody got the place rockin’. After some choreographed numbers and a bit of solo sequencias from the not-so-beginners, monitor and mestre, we ended the round with a roda de livre.

Late Evening. Not so fast Jafar, we ain’t done yet. in fact, the party has just started. **Content deleted. What happens in the party should stay in the party.**

That was just a taste of capoeira. Wasn’t able to join or witness that? Don’t worry, there’s gonna be an even BIGGER one this coming April 2012. ;)

FiveFingers: Are you wearing your feet?

Sinha Bahia Capoeira had a demo class at SMX last Saturday for the Sports and Fitness Expo 2011. We were sponsored by a certain “VIBRAM Five Fingers” — I mean, what the hell is that? It doesn’t sound so sporty to me. So anyway, I found out they were actually shoes.

And if you ask me, they shoulda been called “FiveToes” instead. Ugly if you just look at ‘em, but the concept is pretty cool. It’s supposed to lessen the cushion between you and the ground so you actually get to use the muscles on your feet. That way, you get to do sports — run, trek, climb, yoga, do martial arts or even water sports — as if you’re barefooted. Pretty much the same concept as Nike Free. And it’s as expensive too. This particular design, Sprint, is worth a little less than P5,000.

Side note: I found out about this from the January 2011 issue of Runner’s World, whose cover features a guy from the office — Javy Olives.

Anyway, here are some photos from the event.

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Box opening of... shoes
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Box opening of... shoes
All new FiveFingers Sprint
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All new FiveFingers Sprint
This is two sizes higher than my usual
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This is two sizes higher than my usual
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Pandora trying it on
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Pandora trying it on
Pena e Mao Pequenha (cum socks)
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Pena e Mao Pequenha (cum socks)
We're wearing our feet
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We're wearing our feet
Sinha Bahia Capoeira Manila
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Sinha Bahia Capoeira Manila
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If you want to go all natural with your sports, this is a pretty good alternative to your good ‘ol running shoes. I imagine using this on my trekking/water sports trips. Quite excited to use them again, actually. Outdoors this time. Even if they may look a bit stupid.