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This week's Capoeira Wiki-Word is:

 

Navalha

 

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If you look closely you will see the capoeirista fixing the straight edge razor between his toes before he enters the roda.

From Wikipédia...

Os capoeiras das maltas introduziram o uso de armas , notadamente a navalha, que era utilizada posicionada entre os dedos dos pés, ou presa a um cordão, sendo esta técnica conhecida como navalha voadora. A navalha foi trazida pelos portugueses conhecidos como lisboetas, portugueses que em sua terra natal tinham as mais variadas funções, tais como açougueiros, barbeiros, artesãos ou até mesmo meliantes. Expulsos para a colônia, uma vez no Brasil entraram em contato a malandragem em geral e assim trocaram conhecimento: a capoeira pelo manuseio da navalha e até mesmo da bengala, muito usada por muitos valentões que diziam que uma bengalada desmaiava e duas matavam.

   Capoeiristas from gangs introduced the use of weapons , most notably the straight edge razor, which was used positioned between the toes, or attached to a cord, this technique is known as the flying razor. The straight edge razor was brought by the Portuguese known as lisboetas, Portuguese men who had various functions in their homeland, such as butchers, barbers, craftsmen or even criminals.  They were expelled to the colony, and, once in Brazil, they encountered the malandragem present there in general, and thus exchanged knowledge: capoeira for the wielding of the straight edge razor, and even the cane, widely used by many bullies who said that one cane made you pass out and two were enough to kill.

 

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