The game developer Namco brought Mestre Marcelo to Japan and digitized his movements. These movements were used for the make of the character Eddy Gordo, Tiger and Christie Monteiro in the Namco games Tekken 3, Tekken, Tekken 4 Tekken 5, Tekken 6 and Tag. Therefore, Eddy Gordo, Tiger Jackson and Christie Montero are the digital incarnation of Mestre Marcelo himself. With very few exceptions, all of the movements of these characters are authentic and traditional Capoeira moves performed by Mestre Marcelo.

Strangely, the English names of the moves have been changed for the US version of the game but in the Japanese version, the Brazilian names that were given by Mestre Marcelo were used.

Why the name Eddy Gordo? Does Eddy have a capoeira nickname?
The original real name suggested by Mestre Marcelo to Namco was Tony Bamba©* and not Eddy Godo. However the company had the right to use any name they wanted.

Some secrets of the capoeira character
A few hidden messages were implanted into Eddy Gordo and the other capoeira characters done by Mestre Marcelo. Some of these “secrets” have to do with the rituals, etiquette and traditions of capoeira. Video game players do not know or realize that and perhaps even many capoeiristas that play the game are not aware of it. The intention behind this “mystery” was to create a strong and perhaps subliminal message that might be revealed years (or decades) later with the intent to serve as a statement of the importance of maintaining and keeping cultural tradition alive. That means that this character was not only physically strong but also strong on his integrity and spirituality. This was in fact how the art of capoeira was also able to survive so many years of persecution under so much oppression and prohibition. Mestre Marcelo felt the need to be truthful to this important aspect of the art and strongly recommended and requested to the motion capture crew to respect his wish. They did.

Eddy’s second costume has the word, “Faisca” on it. Faisca in Brazilian Portuguese  means ‘spark’. This is Eddy’s Capoeira nick name, given by Mestre Marcelo.

What color is his belt?
In the second costume Eddy has a blue and white cordão.  Not bad for a 27-year-old! A blue and white cordão is considered a master of third degree by the Capoeira Federation System and usually takes at least 25 years to achieve, after being graduated in Capoeira, which itself could take 7-10 years or more. Originally Mestre Marcelo’s suggestion to Namco was that Eddy had a cordão trançado, a four-color belt of a Professor, now called “Contra-mestre” (green-yellow-blue-white).

Where did the gymnastics flare come from?
We know that Namco wanted to use the troca é pião move for the flair since that is what the move is called in Tekken 3. Mestre Marcelo thinks Namco lost the motion capture for troca and pião and hired a gymnast to do the flare or used some computer data to do it.

What is Eddy’s most effective move?
Mestre Marcelo told Namco that the cabeçada should be a fast and deadly move.  Indeed, the strongest Eddy players agree that the cabeçada is their bread and butter ground game move.

In a tribute to his Mestre, Mestre Marcelo suggested a combinação Suassuna:  two mid-cabeçadas followed by a cabeçada uppercut to the jaw.  Regrettably, Namco chose not to include this deadly sequence. However many moves were captured and not used right away, so they could be released in subsequent versions of Tekken.

Wouldn’t it be great if Eddy could do some escape moves (esquiva, balanço or negativa) and takedowns (vingativa or banda)?  We think it would add a completely new dimention to Eddy’s dazzling repertoire.

Have you seen Eddy Gordo lately? We heard that one of Eddy’s students, Agil, is preparing something very interesting for the future of capoeira in the video games. Check it out!

Read an interview with Mestre Marcelo about the making of Eddy Gordo, Tigger Jackson and Christie Montero.

Check out Eddy Gordo on Wikpedia.

* © Tony Bamba is as a capoeira name created by Mestre Marcelo and copyrighted by Capoeira Mandinga and Mestre Marcelo Pereira as of 2010 for our exclusive use.