WHAT TYPE OF CAPOEIRA DO WE PLAY?
CAPOEIRA ANGOLA OR REGIONAL?
Cordão de Ouro was created by Mestre Suassuna & Mestre Brasilia, both wanted to move away from this distinction of two styles of Capoeira. For them Capoeira is Capoeira.
With combined influences of Mestre Bimba, Mestre Pastinha, Mestre Canjiquinha, Mestre Waldemar & many others they wanted to teach Capoeira in all of is aspects.
After Mestre Suassuna started to develop structured ways of teaching, and invented a new way of training Capoeira, one that made CDO one of most famous groups and styles of Capoeira in the world.
THE GAME OF MIUDINHO
Miudinho não é angola,
Miudinho não é regional,
Miudinho é um jogo manhoso,
É um jogo de dentro,
É um jogo legal...”
In the 1970s and 1980s, Capoeira had undergone a period of great expansion and popularization throughout the country, achieving a very high status in Brazil and abroad. Several unexplored benefits started to emerge, such as the insertion of capoeira in the curriculum of educational institutions; the development of training methodologies; the increasing social recognition of Capoeira. The expansion of the potential labor markets resulted in the application of Capoeira in works of great social value, such as adaptation to special needs students, the reintegration of marginalized children and young people and Capoeira for the elderly. Alongside the benefits, also came the losses - injuries and harm were caused to students by young "masters" who promoted aggression, sliding into violence.
During this period, Master Suassuna, concerned about the direction that Capoeira had been taken, began by reviving movements from the Capoeira played in the late 50's. He then developed elaborate training sequences laying out these movements, how they should be learnt, experienced and taught. This allowed his students to become more creative, plastic, flexible and rich in movement style, he developed a style of work and some elements that, after a process that lasted more than fifteen years became known as Miudinho.
The name was born from a joke in training, where the master said to his students that they should play "miudo", "miudinho" small and close to each other and often shouting during his classes: - you have to play close!
In the 90's, Mestre Suassuna went and worked on these sequences with his younger disciples who, with a rich and vigorous Capoeira, became known as the "Miudinho Generation. " These miudinho sequences and form of training has helped shape the distinctive style of Cordão de Ouro.
CDOL CODE OF CONDUCT