After last month's text (and link) heavy blog, I thought I would try adding a few more pictures this time. So, what follows are some of my favorite moments from this year's Mandinga Tucson batizado weekend.
A picnic in the desert with Zum Zum, CM Parafina, CM Luar, Mestres Esquilo & Pinga Fogo
Kids Capoeira and Maculelê
Acro Yoga: Strength, balance, grace. Staring Fortuna, Pescador and Mestre Pinga Fogo.
Adults running and playing with sticks.
I will close out this entry with a few words about someone who was a guest at the 2008 Mandinga Tucson batizado. That would be Mestre Lucas of Capoeira Canavial. Lucas is family. I first met him at the Mandinga Formatura in Brazil in 2006. After he moved to the Bay Area, he became a regular at rodas, workshops and events at our Oakland academy as well as at other schools in California and beyond. It was obvious that Mestre Lucas loves capoeira. His movements in the game show a high level of skill, but more importantly, he brings a lot of positive energy to the roda.
Recently Mestre Lucas began experiencing serious health problems. After several trips to the hospital and numerous test, the doctors have determined that he has Lyme disease. For someone without medical insurance it has been an expensive journey to this diagnosis. He has been reaching out to the capoeira community for help. He can still teach, so if your group invited him to teach some workshops, it would be a big help. Otherwise, please visit his fund-raising site and contribute what you can: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/support-mestre-lucas/55389
And please spread the word. Thank you.