This feature is designed to spark your interest in researching the world of capoeira's vocabulary, history, and philosophy.

Our Capoeira Wiki-Word series invites you to research the word of the week and post your definition(s) and translations. At the end of each week, the entries will be reviewed and then summarized into a translation and a definition of the Capoeira Wiki-Word of the week.

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This week's Capoeira Wiki-Word is:


Mestre Cobrinha Verde



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Rafael Alves Franca (ca.1917-1983), aka Mestre Cobrinha Verde was born in the city of Santo Amaro da Purificação, grew up with Capoeira on the streets. He says that he was the cousin of Besouro Manganga himself and that Besouro was his first Mestre. Cobrinha Verde's roda was one of the most respected rodas alongside those of Mestre Bimba, Mestre Pastinha, and Mestre Waldemar. You can find more information of and by him in his book "Capoeira e Mandingas."

We also have some nice excerpts from that book listed in the comments below.  Follow the links.