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Only The Strongest
34 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Hulk Hogan In The Roda
Some good ol' fashioned Q&A. We give thoughts and answers (loosely defined) to some internet questions about capoeira. Varal wishes he were Ip Man, Bonzinho embraces the shoe life, and Azul doesn't believe that top rope drops count as cultural appropriation.
46 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
First We Train, Then We Get Weird, Then We Quit
Last time we talked about returning, so this episode we must talk about leaving. We put together a survey for folks who've quit capoeira and we go over what our quick and dirty, unscientific, amateur research tells us about capoeira. Diagnosis: capoeira makes people uncomfortable. Doctor, whatever can we do to save the patient?
41 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
The Triumphant Return
105. We are delighted to be back, and we want to talk about it. Our theme this episode is "returning." We offer some advice on returning to capoeira in these halting, cautiously optimistic times, and dwell on our collective weight gain. Never fear, OTS is back, and its finger is jammed so far up the pulse of capoeira we can feel the lump in its throat.
6 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
An Update And An Apology
Where have we been? Are we still around? Do we believe that capoeira even exists anymore? What's next? The answers to only some of these questions are here.
2 minutes | Sep 3, 2020
Belated Summer Break
A short message to explain that we're taking a break for the month. We'll be putting together future episodes, so please do send any thoughts, ideas, complaints, and topic suggestions to email@example.com. See you in a few weeks!
53 minutes | Aug 27, 2020
Fighting Racism With Maculelê Sticks (w/ I. Guerreiro)
#104. Special guest Instrutor Guerreiro joins us to talk about everything. We go over BLM, Minneapolis, organizing patrols, sourcing medical supplies, practical self-defense, clashing with the KKK, whether Maculelê sticks beat gunfire, and how capoeira prepares you to be a leader.
36 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
Standard Humiliation - Getting Angry In The Roda
#103. Sucão presents a model for part of why we get angry in the roda. Losing control, getting flushed, adjusting self-image, and the eternal B-roll capoeirista.
36 minutes | Aug 13, 2020
Common Bad Habits And Some Solutions
#102. We outline some common bad habits and how to fix them. Pirouettes, plateaus, and bringing the axé of a sloth to the roda.
40 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
HTWAR - Beginner Mistakes With A Dash Of Narcissim
#101. Here: https://youtu.be/C5plaWSLTg8 Another installment of How to Watch a Roda. This time our video is a sampler of the hosts in their early days, struggling to earn their cords in a batizado. We discuss the failings and successes of our former selves, pointing out our stage-fright, apprehension, bewilderment, and the persistent need to turn sideways in the back of the ginga.
63 minutes | Jul 30, 2020
Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Security (w/ G. Bandeira)
#100. Our centennial episode, where we're delighted to have Bandeira back with us to discuss his essay concerning the idea of security. We talk about how the idea of security has changed over time, how it influences norms and behaviors in capoeira, and how it relates to the current BLM protests. Bandeira's essay: https://www.themdrm.com/writing/on-security
55 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
Creating Collisions - Capoeira As A Practical Fighting System (w/ G. Bandeira)
#99. Special guest G. Bandeira walks us through the ways that capoeira makes for a practical system of self-defense. Long-range weapons, big dumb heads, hammer fists, and some aggro dudes chest bumpin' each other straight into Condition Red.
42 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
Big Belly Balanço - How Pregnancy And Weight Gain Affect Training
#98. One of us recently gave birth, and she details her transformation from small to big to less big. The decreased range of motion, the diminished strength, and - most importantly - how to stay mentally strong and positive.
48 minutes | Jul 2, 2020
Where Are All The Good Capoeira Movies? (w/ Fome)
#97. We apologize but we do in fact have to talk about Catwoman. Friend of the podcast and industry pro Fome graciously tries to lead us through why we don't yet have the Ip Man of capoeira movies.
31 minutes | Jun 25, 2020
Not Your Daddy's Angola - How To Watch A Roda
#96. Video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNMUld90z-8&t=1s We discuss controlling space, filling in negative space, cutting off your partner's angles, Jewish holidays, and banishing demons back to the unearthly realm they crawled their sorry asses up from.
38 minutes | Jun 18, 2020
What Makes A Sequence Good?
#95. A discussion on good and bad sequences. Azul argues for the fancy stuff, Varal reluctantly agrees, and Sucão never taught a sequence in his life.
15 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
#94. A short postscript to our previous episode. Resources: The Bail Project https://bailproject.org/ NAACP Legal Defense Fund https://www.naacpldf.org/ Resources For Accountability https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Xa9Av-NfuFsWBHlsMvPiqJHdNedZgnCRW56qAS-7PGQ/edit
48 minutes | Jun 4, 2020
Capoeira As An Antiracist Act
#93. Following a weekend of protests and riots, we discuss where capoeira's place is in the context of the Black Lives Matter movement. In capoeira, are we obligated to be politically informed and active? Does being a capoeirista confer a special obligation, beyond simple citizenship? How To Be An Antiracist, by Ibram X Kendi https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40265832-how-to-be-an-antiracist So You've Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22571552-so-you-ve-been-publicly-shamed
35 minutes | May 28, 2020
Never Have I Ever Cared More About Bolsonaro
#92. Simultaneously our silliest and most somber episode. We start with some bad news about Brazil, Bolsonaro, and the virus. Then we clumsily lighten the mood by playing a round of capoeira-themed never have I ever. Donate to CARE https://my.care.org/site/Donation Donate to BrazilFoundation https://brazilfoundation.org/involved
28 minutes | May 21, 2020
Smiling Through The Rugburn - Review Of Zoom Classes
#91. A breakdown of the good and bad of attending a zoom class. Sucão trains in a closet, Bonzinho does a million pushups, Azul is a social butterfly, and Varal doesn't do his homework.
35 minutes | May 14, 2020
Blindly Answering Internet Questions About Easy Floreios
#90. Another episode where we inflict answers onto questions that weren't asked of us. Listen to our professional advice about kicking faster, easy floreios, and blindness. Sucão plays host, Varal verbally abuses corta capim, Azul says it's only a floreio if you go upside down, and Bonzinho wrestles a blind guy.
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