A friend of mine just got back home to Manila from a work stint in Singapore, where she learned capoeira, and found a group of guys learning off of the internet. As a semi-serious dancer in college, it got me curious, and soon found myself going regularly to the Saturday sessions. About a year later, in 2003, we managed to bring a teacher from Brasil, and that’s when my formal training began. In 2007, work sent me to the Bay Area where I eventually found Capoeira. It became my new capoeira home when it became clear that I was going to stay here for good. Capoeira, as a friend once said, is wonderfully uncomfortable – it pushes me to my limits, makes me conquer the fear of using my voice before a crowd (singing), and allows me to learn a language with very different grammar rules than what I’m used.
In short, it’s a challenge physically, mentally, and emotionally. That keeps me going, aside from all the friends I havemet inside and outside of the roda. When not upside down, I enjoy (non-capoeira) music, food, photography, and sweets.