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Capoeira Wiki-Word of the Week: Hora (Update)

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mestres suassuna e brasília

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Hora literally translates from Portuguese to English as "time."

As we know in capoeira, there is more to it than that. 

We certainly could be referring to something as mundane as the time of day when something begins, ends, or is happening.  But more for us as capoeiristas, it's about the time to do things.  Or perhaps the "timing" of things. 

The right time to attack, to defend, to jump, to ginga, to smile, to run, to hide, to play, to play hard, to play silly, to make a joke, to sing a song, to sing a certain song, to play the instruments, to play certain instruments, to play the instruments this way or that way.

With so many options listed above, and so many more not listed, you can see how rich the art of capoeira is. 

What do you think?  What instance in your experience does it seem like hora played a big part in the way things worked out or could have worked out?