This here (click here)
is 2 movements in transition with a spin.
First movement is called ‘Armada’ ɑːˈmɑːdə (AR-MA-DAH) to ‘arma’, prepare, a weapon, so Armada- to be armed, in all to ‘ambush’.
The ‘ambush’ is the key element of this movement that many have forgotten, in that the movement can be used (or should be applied) to take the other off guard… this is just some of the magic have learned from the older masters of the art.
The second movement which is been seen, used and practiced all over ‘tricking and freerunning’ and commonly mispronounced as ‘RAISE’. It is largely referenced to as ‘Raiz’ [haˈiz] (HA-YIZ) within Capoeira. This means ‘root’. (Note: This movement became incorporated to the mainstream practices as it was adopted by Martial art performance groups like the West coast action team after being inspired by Capoeira.)
So Raiz or ‘root’ from the ‘planting’ of the hands to the ground and the shape/form of roots being bent, twisted, contorted and the roots creative ability to transform. Therefore the movement being used as a transition or a ‘pass’ - ‘passage’ to other movements.
Some also refer to it also as ‘Au de coluna’, The movement ‘AU’ refering to the shape the body make standing A and upside down U while doing what in gymnastics is referred to as a ‘cartwheel’. ‘Coluna’ meaning column/pillar referring to the spinal column and ‘Au de costas’ Au to/of the back/behind due to the backward extension and arch of spine
These are just the kind of things I help my students explore as a part of my module exploring movement and Capoeira called ‘movement semantics’ which is a part of the BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice at the University of East London.
Movement is vibration, it is sign and symbol. It is and has been used as LANGUAGE (Think of sign laugage for example) for millennia! It is communication between you and ‘self’, your antecedents, you and other, you and the environment, it is a (holy, a whole, one) communion.
Language is derived form ‘Lingua’, or tongue. It’s is the movement of the tongue (vibration of vocal chords). The tongue is a part of your body and moves to create what we refer to as language.
For those rebellious to this. This is called a ‘teaching’.
Be honest and ask yourself. When was the last time somebody broke down to you the root of a movement? Not just HOW TO do it but why, where it’s from and it’s etymology and meaning its roots. Are you going to just ignore this or act like you already knew it?
Please don’t dismiss this like it is not important. If you do, what you are effectively reinforcing and embracing is that what you are currently doing is also of no importance and has no meaning to you. Is this really why you do what you do and teach others? Is this what makes you a ‘teacher’. A ‘how to’ go to.
Theres more to it than that.
If you stay in your craft long enough you will come to appreciate what I am saying to you.
I am sure when you want to learn and understand a word you use a dictionary? Right!? Well...
Those dictionaries used to be housed in those places we used to once go to called libraries. Library form the root ‘liber’, or house of books. Libraries were not always open and readily available for everybody, just as reading wasn’t. These were once regarded as sacred places not for the public but for those initiates of spiritual orders. They were filled with knowledge, manuscripts, magic, spells, and scrolls. This is not lord of the rings I’m talking about. This is how it once was and we are in its continuum! The great libraries of Alexandria and Timbuktu of the kingdoms of Mali and Kemet were real. This is where the Greeks studied and learned where do you think we got the notion of Liberies in Europe.
Dictionaries are here to help us understand and make sense of language and it’s context, this is how you learn to relate and understand meanings then use them in the real world.
As I have mentioned language is movement and both are vibration. These dictionaries took time effort sacrifices experience and understanding to create, compose and compile . Knowledge comes from experience. Knowledge of self is the root of all knowledge. That which we call dictionaries and libraries today where books are collected and stored were once ‘living’. Yes they were living, they were our teachers and ancestors who resided in sacred places. It was was they who passed this wisdom and knowledge to us so for them we give reference thanks. In the modern world, this is a big up, an @, mention, name drop, shout out, your hear me? You feel what i’m saying?
This notion of ‘living books’ is very much alive across within cultures all across the earth today with the use of oral traditions. In these cultures movement, music, song etc are passed on from generation to generation in order to preserve and evolve their continuum. Bring to life peoples histories, their knowledge and wisdom. Their meanings are hidden/codified to the in initiated and have to be embodied in order to be understood and passed on to the next generation.
This use of oral tradition is very apparent across the world and especially in Africa and the African diaspora. It is very much present in our ‘modern’ culture (hiphop, yoga, martial arts etc) especially in high society amongst the aristocracy, monarchies, kings,queens and heraldry were rites and rituals, are still performed and taken very seriously.
So let me ask you what happened in your movement practice!?
Due to everybody being ‘self taught’ today have we by large cut out the teachers!?
Instead of searching and researching seems like we have opted for convenience, learning only that what we wish to learn, the way we wish to learn it! At most times learning the form but not understanding its context, meaning or root which is so very important to understanding something, anything! This is true in every field of study.
All languages evolve, and words take different meanings, however the principle of understanding the root where it came from will always be important when trying to learn and teach something.
True teachers should not be there to slow your progress, but are there to cut your randomness.
We have a great phrase for this modern development.
We call it the rise of ‘Mestre YouTube’ - Master YouTube or by right should be ‘Mestre instagram’ - Master instagram. So are you on the path to self understanding, craftsmanship, self mastery out to ‘master your movement’ or mastering instagram, youtube and social media?
There are many illusionists and false prophets out there. I hope soon you will realise the truth of the matter. The sooner you connect to ‘self’ the sooner this realisation will be.
As the saying has it, real recognise real, and in this world of illusion, the only thing recognised is more illusion.
I wish you every success in your business and your future, may it be happy awaking to you and maybe one day our paths may even cross for us to see eye to eye.
To all my teachers past present and future, I salute you.
So in age old tradition, boy who was your teacher?
Menino quem foi seu mestre? - Boy who was your master (master referring to that of teacher/ as master craftsmen)
Mestre foi Salomão - the master was Solomon (Solomon was renowned for his magic and being the wisest of all men.)
Sou Discípulo due aprendo - I am the disciple who learns
Mestre que dos lição - The master who teaches
For further research, for your interests see below -
Griot culture, which in Europe is the similar to that of the Minstrel culture - in the Muslim world the ‘asik’ found in and around turkey/Iran, sufi mystics etc.
notice how in 22sec, 24sec and 49sec the ‘armada’ is prepared and kept hidden my M. Joao Grande (in lighter trousers) if you blink you would just miss it and pass it off as a spin. the movement is codified, encoded.
Songs included with messages
Alan Lomax's Prison Blues & Songs - Early in the mornin'
The Aka Pygmies