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Unknown Capoeira, Volume Two: A History of the Brazilian Martial Art [Paperback]

Mestre Ricardo Cachorro

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Dec 4 2012

Capoeira’s unique blend of martial art, dance, and thrilling sport has made it an increasingly popular activity worldwide. But its origins have been shrouded in mystery and its complex history not well understood. For volume two of his Unknown Capoeira series, Mestre Ricardo Cachorro has done extensive archival research to shed light on these shadowy areas. Reaching back as far as the year 1415, Cachorro documents the cultures and individuals that gave birth to—and helped alter and redefine— capoeira. He uncovers its beginnings in the dramatic saga of the Akindele family, who lived in a storied Yoruba kingdom in pre-Colonial Africa, and in the vibrant culture of newly explored Bahia de Todos os Santos in 1531. Cachorro continues his investigation with the Feitorias and Capitanias—the legendary sugarcane mills of the seventeenth century—an important but little-known cradle of capoeira. He explores the historical and cultural aspects of each significant period of the discipline’s development from ancient Africa to present-day Brazil, in the process profiling its key contemporary players and answering such longstanding questions as why capoeira did not emerge in other enslaved countries of the New World.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Snake Books (Dec 4 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583942343
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583942345
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,123,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mestre Ricardo Cachorro holds a red-cord graduation from Grupo Bantus de Capoeira at Morro do Pavão e Pavãozinho—poverty-stricken slums in the middle of rich suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was the first Master of the YMCA Capoeira Group in Governor's Island in 1975. The following year, he became a certified Mestre from the first federation of capoeira of Rio de Janeiro and in the same year he introduced capoeira in a live TV show filmed in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, sponsored by the local YMCA. In the early 1970s the author joined the Olympic gymnastics team of Rio de Janeiro's Fluminense Football Club, where he specialized in floor exercises with special focus on acrobatic body mechanics.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Written by a well-known con artist March 22 2011
By Gabriel Torres - Published on Amazon.com
This book is written by a well-known Brazilian con artist whose real name is Ricardo Reinprecht, who duped several people back in Brazil for millions of dollars while he was the president of a publishing house called Axcel Books (try googling this name to see), being currently in unknown location and hiding from Brazilian justice. This book was written so he could get some money while in hiding.

As for capoeira, he hasn't practiced this art since the late 1970's/early 1980's, so it is at least suspicious why someone that hasn't practiced capoeira for the past 30 years decided to write a book about the subject.

As for the book, all illustrations were done by Ingo Bertelli, who was also scammed and wasn't paid a dime for the job.

Please, do not buy this book. By buying this book you are helping a criminal to stay afloat.
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful surprise! Dec 7 2012
By Benjamin Williams - Published on Amazon.com
I enjoyed very much this book. It is full of interesting historical information. I wonder if the first chapter, First Came 12 Ships, is a true story ... The "real cradle" of capoeira is well explained and makes a lot of sense to me. A fascinating book, beautifully written.

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