|Ayinde flying through the air at Capoeira DC Males Batizado 2013 with Mestre Corisco.|
Another benefit of finding a child's gift early is that you can infuse all of his learning through this interest. Many of the Capoeira moves are taught in Portuguese. So LionHeart is learning a foreign language. Math and science are infused in Capoeira. We can study the geography, the food, the culture, and the music of Angola and Brazil. The learning is endless because the motivation is there.
According to the website Abibifahodie, Capoeira is an African martial art that originated as an artform of the Mbundu people of Angola where it was known as N'golo due to its similarity to the movements of the Zebras when they fought. It was associated with the male rites of passage whereby a young man who was able to best other youths of his age grade was afforded the opportunity to marry without having to pay the bridewealth. According to pre-eminent scholar of Bantu culture, Dr. Kibwandende kia Bunseki Fu-Kiau the word Capoeira itself is Afrikan and comes from the Kikongo word Kipura - to flutter around like roosters in cockfights. You can read the full article here.
|LionHeart posing in the Jinga position with friends after the 2013 Batizado.|
|LionHeart, not always thrilled to take photos, pictured here with best friends aka extended family.|
Lionheart is also motivated by the fact that he will grow, train and develop with some of his best friends. I get giddy with the thoughts of them taking their children to Capoeira class. I am forever grateful to LionHeart's first instructor Morcego who understands LionHeart's fiery energy and bring out the best in him. All Capoeiristas, as they are called, will take on a nickname. I wonder what name Lionheart's energy will manifest?