Associação Brasileira de Apoio e Desenvolvimento da Arte – Capoeira

Grão-Mestre Camisa Roxa

Edvaldo Canreiro e Silva

Mestre Camisa Roxa foi considerado o melhor aluno de Mestre Bimba. É Grão-Mestre da Abadá-capoeira, título vitalício para o qual foi escolhido por um conselho de Mestres de notório saber. Sua função é de orientador e consultor, sendo o seu título o mais alto grau na Abadá-capoeira. É o capoeirista que mais divulgou a Capoeira pelo mundo, viajou por mais de 50 países, levando a Capoeira como manifestação de arte e cultura brasileira.
Camisa Roxa nasceu em 1944, na Fazenda Estiva, no interior da Bahia. Começou a praticar Capoeira aos 10 anos de idade como divertimento, o que mais tarde foi copiado por todos os outros irmãos. Na década de 60, foi para Salvador fazer o científico e começou a treinar na Academia de Mestre Bimba, onde se formou e foi considerado o melhor aluno pelo Mestre. Seus irmãos Ermival, Pedrinho e Camisa também se formaram na Academia de Bimba.
O apelido do Grão Mestre surgiu devido ao fato de que ele sempre freqüentava as rodas de Capoeira da Bahia vestindo uma camisa roxa da qual gostava muito. Gostava também de jogar nas rodas de Capoeira tradicional da academia de Mestre Pastinha e nas rodas dos Mestres Waldemar e Traíra na rua Pero Vaz, onde era muito respeitado por sua postura e o grande conhecimento que possuía dos fundamentos da Capoeira.
Camisa Roxa pensa a Capoeira como um todo, reunindo Regional e Angola. “Na verdade, bem poucas pessoas compreenderam a verdadeira intenção de Mestre Bimba”, declara o Grão Mestre. “Primeiro ele ensinava com seu método uma Capoeira alta, mas com o tempo a pessoa deveria aprender a jogar baixo”, completa.
Camisa Roxa é responsável pela coordenação da Abadá-capoeira na Europa, e realiza regularmente cursos práticos de reciclagem para os instrutores e professores que atuam por lá. É também o organizador do Encontro de Primavera Capoeira na Europa e Jogos Europeus da Abadá-capoeira. Estes eventos visam à integração e a atualização de capoeiristas na Europa através de aulas teóricas e práticas ministradas por mestres convidados do Brasil.
Hoje o Grão Mestre dedica grande parte do seu tempo a pesquisas sobre capoeira, sempre em busca de novos caminhos e ampliação de sua visibilidade no mundo. Para ele, no Brasil deveria haver mais união entre os diferentes grupos, para que seja possível estabelecer uma ordem nas atividades e nos ensinamentos. “Talvez uma Capoeira mais disciplinar e a união entre os líderes, produza uma Capoeira com mais responsabilidade e profissionalismo”, afirma. Camisa Roxa diz que ao passar sua experiência procura retribuir tudo o que a Capoeira lhe deu até hoje.

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Edvaldo Canreiro e Silva

Mestre Camisa Roxa was considered Mestre Bimba’s best student. An authoritative council of Mestres gave him the lifetime title of “Grão-Mestre” from Abadá-capoeira. This title indicates that he is the highest-ranking guide and counselor in all of Abadá-capoeira worldwide. He is the capoeirista that has contributed the most to spreading capoeira around the world, by presenting capoeira as a Brazilian art form and culture in more than 50 countries.
Camisa Roxa was born in 1944, at the Estiva farm, in the State of Bahia. He started to practice capoeira, for fun, at the age of 10, and was followed later by all his brothers. In the 1960′s, he went to Salvador, to study at a high school. He then started training capoeira at Mestre Bimba’s Academy, where he graduated and was considered the best student by his Mestre.
Grão Mestre’s nickname comes from the fact that he would always wear a purple shirt (camisa roxa) , which he really liked, at the capoeira rodas that he attended in Bahia. He also liked to play in the rodas of traditional capoeira at Mestre Pastinha’s academy and at Mestres Waldemar and Traíra’s academy, at Rua Pero Vaz, where he was much respected for his great knowledge of capoeira’s fundaments and for his professional demeanor.
Camisa Roxa thinks of capoeira as a whole, reconciling Regional and Angola. “In reality, very few people understood Mestre Bimba real intentions”, said Grão Mestre. “Hewanted to a tall capoeira first, with his method, but with time, every person should learn how to play low”, he concludes.
Camisa Roxa coordinates Abadá-capoeira in Europe, regularly organizing workshops for instructors and professors in the area. He is also the organizer of the Spring Capoeira Encounter in Europe and of the Abadá-capoeira European Games. These events aim at integrating and updating capoeiristas in Europe, through theoretical and practical classes ministered by guest Mestres from Brazil.
Today, Grão Mestre dedicates a lot of his time to research capoeira, always pursuing new routes and ways to make capoeira more visible around the world. To him, in Brazil, there should be more unity among the different groups, so that it is possible to better organize activities and courses. He says: “Maybe a more disciplined capoeira and more union among the leaders will produce a more professional and responsible capoeira”. Camisa Roxa says that when he passes on his experience he attempts to pay back all the great things that capoeira has given him.

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Edvaldo Canreiro e Silva

Ο Mestre Camisa Roxa θεωρείτο ο καλύτερος μαθητής του Mestre Bimba. Το επίσημο συμβούλιο των Mestres του έδωσε τον τίτλο ζωής «Grão-Mestre» από την Abadá Capoeira. Αυτός ο τίτλος υποδηλώνει ότι είναι ο πιο υψηλόβαθμος οδηγός και σύμβουλος της Abadá Capoeira παγκοσμίως. Αυτός είναι ο capoeirista που συνέβαλε τα μέγιστα στη διάδοση της capoeira σε ολόκληρο τον κόσμο, παρουσιάζοντας την ως μια Βραζιλιάνικη μορφή τέχνης και πολιτισμού σε περισσότερες από 50 χώρες.
Ο Camia Roxa γεννήθηκε το 1944 στο αγρόκτημα Estiva, στην πολιτεία της Bahia. Άρχισε να εξασκεί την Capoeira, για πλάκα, στην ηλικία των 10 και αργότερα τον ακολούθησαν όλα του τα αδέρφια.  Τη δεκαετία του ’60 πήγε στο Σαλβαδόρ να σπουδάσει στο λύκειο. Τότε ξεκίνησε να προπονείται με την Capoeira στην Ακαδημία του Mestre Bimba απ’ όπου αποφοίτησε και θεωρείτο ο καλύτερος μαθητής του.
Το παρατσούκλι του Grão Mestre προέρχεται από το γεγονός ότι φορούσε πάντα ένα μοβ πουκάμισο (camisa roxa), το οποίο πραγματικά του άρεσε, στις rodas που παρευρισκόταν στην Bahia. Επίσης του άρεσε να παίζει στις παραδοσιακές rodas στην ακαδημία του Mestre Pastinha και στην ακαδημία των Mestres Waldemar και Traíra, στην οδό Pero Vaz, όπου τον σέβονταν πολύ για τις γνώσεις του πάνω στα θεμέλια της Capoeira και για την επαγγελματική του διαγωγή.
Ο Camisa Roxa αντιμετωπίζει την Capoeira ως ένα ενιαίο σύνολο, εναρμονίζοντας τη Regional με την Angola. «Στην πραγματικότητα, πολύ λίγοι άνθρωποι κατάλαβαν τις πραγματικές προθέσεις του Mestre Bimba», είπε ο Grão Mestre. «Ήθελε μια ψηλή Capoeira αρχικά με τη μέθοδο του, αλλά με τον χρόνο, κάθε άτομο θα μάθαινε πώς να παίζει χαμηλά», κατέληξε.
Ο Camisa Roxa συντονίζει την Abadá Capoeira στην Ευρώπη, οργανώνοντας τακτικά εργαστήρια για εκπαιδευτές και δασκάλους στην περιοχή. Είναι επίσης ο οργανωτής της Ανοιξιάτικης Συνάντησης Capoeira (Spring Capoeira Encounter) στην Ευρώπη και των Ευρωπαϊκών Παιχνιδιών Abadá Capoeira (Abadá Capoeira European Games). Αυτά τα γεγονότα στοχεύουν στην ολοκλήρωση και την ενημέρωση των capoeiristas στην Ευρώπη, μέσα από θεωρητικά και πρακτικά μαθήματα με τη βοήθεια καλεσμένων Mestres από τη Βραζιλία.
Σήμερα ο Grão Mestre αφιερώνει πολύ από τον χρόνο του στην μελέτη της Capoeira, κυνηγώντας πάντα νέους δρόμους και τρόπους για να κάνει την Capoeira πιο ορατή σε ολόκληρο τον κόσμο. Για αυτό, στη Βραζιλία, θα έπρεπε να υπάρχει περισσότερη ομόνοια ανάμεσα στα διαφορετικά γκρουπ ώστε να είναι δυνατή η καλύτερη οργάνωση δραστηριοτήτων και μαθημάτων. «Ίσως μια πιο πειθαρχημένη Capoeira και περισσότερη ενότητα ανάμεσα στους αρχηγούς να παράγει μια πιο επαγγελματική και υπεύθυνη Capoeira». Ο Camisa Roxa λέει ότι όταν μεταδίδει την εμπειρία του, προσπαθεί να ξεπληρώσει όλα τα υπέροχα πράγματα που του έδωσε η capoeira.

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