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Journey to Formatura

In 2019, I got my blue belt in capoeira and the title of “instrutor”1. A year ago, my first capoeira teacher, Diego, invited me to a big capoeira event in Italy. He also suggested that it would be a good time for my “formatura”, a high-level graduation, involving a change in my belt and title to “professor”. I wasn’t sure in the beginning, but after thinking it over and consulting with people I look up to, I’ve accepted the invitation. My journey to formatura has begun.

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The camel in the room

My #50days50lessons challenge is coming to an end. Over the past 48 days, I have shared some of my thoughts, habits, and important lessons learned from others in capoeira and life in general. I’ve frequently quoted my teachers, especially Mestre Cueca, to whom I am endlessly grateful for all the stories and knowledge.

With only 2 days remaining and 2 posts left, today, I want to share one more crucial lesson — a powerful one. Once you read it, you will recognize its potency. It’s also timeless. Life has compelled me to learn it repeatedly, revealing more details each time.

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Teacher is a tool

Once, I asked Mestre Edan, a capoeira master and the teacher of many great capoeiristas worldwide, about the key quality that transforms a student into an extraordinary capoeira player. His response was unequivocal: “To be an autodidact.”

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Don’t Send Your Ducks to Eagle School

Another concept introduced to us by Jim Rohn is “Don’t send your ducks to eagle school.”

“Good people are found, not changed. They can change themselves, but you can’t change them. If you want good people, you have to find them. If you want motivated people, you have to find them, not motivate them. (…) Don’t waste your time trying to turn ducks into eagles. Hire people who already have the motivation and drive to be eagles and then just let them soar.”1

As we discussed before, the capoeira group can be considered a leadership and personal development factory that people join voluntarily and stay for various reasons.

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You Move, I Move

“You Move I Move” is another great lesson I learned from Mestre Cueca, which I am trying to pass on to my students and make a part of our culture. It is usually the first thing I explain during our team meetings. However, it is so important that it’s worth repeating.

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Generations

In the previous post, I wrote about the “Over the line” concept, where a teacher or a leader has to push people towards the common goal. It’s done through inspiration, motivation, information, teaching, and good leadership. But you alone cannot carry everyone across the line. You need to create a growth culture in your community. And what if you could create a generation of people where they start to help each other?

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Building a Culture

CULTURE: from the Latin cultus, which means care.

Culture is all a community’s beliefs, values, and attitudes, and how they influence the behavior of its members.

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Momentum

Momentum (n.)

a strength or force gained by motion or by a series of events.

When a train doesn’t have momentum, even a brick on the rails can stop it. But when the train gains momentum, it can crash into the cement wall, and people in the back won’t even notice it.

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Água Demais Mata a Planta

A reminder to myself.

I consider myself an intense person. Some people might say I’m crazy about capoeira. In fact, I’m crazy at whatever I do.

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Malandragem in the modern world

Malandragem is a Portuguese term for a lifestyle of idleness, fast living, street smarts, cunning, and resourcefulness – traditionally celebrated in samba lyrics, and deeply rooted in Brazilian culture and history. It reflects a way of navigating life with a certain cleverness and adaptability, often in the face of adversity.