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Quintal literally translates to backyard, garden, kitchen garden, or yard in English.
What may seem like a rather mundane thing holds an interesting place in capoeira...
Ask our own Mestre Acordeon about how he found himself teaching capoeira, and you will hear more or less the following...
He found that Mestre Bimba's classes were not satisfying his interests at the time.*
* This statement could be easily misinterpreted if you don't look at it within the history and context at that time. It is well documented that Mestre Bimba had a course or program of sorts that was not only revolutionary, but also of the highest quality for capoeira at that time. Nonetheless it was a program where beginning capoeira students could effectively learn capoeira. Students graduated (became formado) after about a year of consistent training. Mestre Acordeon and other formados got together to then train more and different things.
Like many that followed even to this day, Mestre Acordeon and his friends got together and trained. The quintal of someone they knew was the location for these sessions. What a treat it would be to be a fly on that wall, and on other walls like it.