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Date: 7th Nov 2009

Location: Esplanade, Penang

Time: 8.30pm


Contact: Melvin 012 4336682


The 1st BRAZILIAN CAPOEIRA FESTIVAL (6th to 8th Nov 2009) in the Pearl of the Orient. This international event will feature some of the best Capoeira Experts & Players from Brazil, France, Asia & Malaysia.  The guest of honour for our Festival is Mestre Elias from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a world-renowned capoeira master with 40 years experience in the art.  With around 50 international & local Capoeira players participating, we will be showcasing the spectacular art of Capoeira and throwing an exciting Brazilian party during the exciting 3 day celebration.

Schedule of Events

Friday (6-11-2009)

Worskhop with Mestre Elias from Rio de Janeiro
Time : 8PM – 10PM
Venue : Caring Society Complex

Saturday (7-11-2009)

Workshop with Mestre Elias from Rio de Janeiro
Time : 3PM – 5PM
Venue : Penang Times Square (1st Floor)

Street Performance @ Esplanade in Action
Time : 8.30PM – 9.15PM
Venue : Esplanade Penang.

Brazilian Night Party
Time : 10PM – till late
Venue : QE 2, Tanjung City Marina

Sunday (8-11-2009)

Time : 3PM – 6PM
Venue : Penang Times Square (1st Floor)



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capoeira1 Mestre Elias has been practicing Capoeira since 1968 and his discipline and dedication to the art was recognized in 1990 when he was awarded Grupo Senzala’s Red Cord, which comes with the rank of Mestre.  It was not an easy feat to achieve as Grupo Senzala, formed in the early 60s, currently has only 17 mestres out of its thousands of practitioners.


Our instructor Professor Parabolica has over 20 years of experience in the art and is the highest ranking Capoeira instructor in Malaysia. His instruction is highly regarded in this region having conducted seminars and courses in Kuala Lumpur and the Philippines.


Capoeira is a fun and exciting Brazilian cultural art that combines martial arts, dance, acrobatics, ethnic music and game play.  It was created by slaves in the 16th Century and is traditionally practiced on the streets in Brazil.  Its visually captivating and spectacular movements have made it the fastest growing forms of exercise and physical performance arts in the world.


In a capoeira game, participants form a roda (circle) and take turns playing instruments, singing and playing in pairs in the center of the circle.  The game involves kicks, dodges, sweeps, cartwheels, and acrobatic moves.  The primary musical instrument played in a Capoeira roda is the berimbau, a bow-like instrument with a hollow gourd attached.

Capoeira Senzala Penang is affiliated to Mestre Elias’ Senzala group in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The Senzala Group is probably the most famous Capoeira group in the world with its numerous academies in twelve countries across the globe.

Our goal is to promote and spread the art in Penang among the youth and young-at-heart as a fun-filled method of fitness.


On this occasion, we will be holding our 1st Batizado- a baptism into the art.  The event is a testing and assessment of the students’ skills and abilities in the roda, culminating in the award of a coloured corda (cord).


Unlike most eastern martial arts, the Capoeira batizado is regarded as a fun and festive event.  Over the 3 days we will be organizing workshops, street performances, a brazilian party and of course, the actual batizado.


Join us and experience fun and festivities the Brazilian way!


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