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3. Mestre Bimba and Regional →

4. Mestre Pastinha and Angola

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6. Instrutor Furacão, Pezinho, NYC, and RPI →

Vicente Ferreira Pastinha was born in 1889 in Salvador, Bahí­a. As a boy of eight, Pastinha was often beat up by older boys; an African named Benedito took him aside and taught him Capoeira. From then on, Pastinha defeated his opponents and was admired by them.

Pastinha took art classes at the Liceu de Artes e Ofíio, where he learned to paint. In his free time, he played with kites and trained Capoeira with Benedito. Later, his father made him join a school to become a sailor. Although Capoeira was illegal, and not tolerated in the school, Pastinha taught it to many of his friends. At 21, he left school to become a professional painter.

When Bimba made Capoeira legal with Regional, many other Capoeiristas, including Pastinha, felt that Capoeira was losing more than it gained by being stuffed into presentable uniforms and being taught in strict sequences. The old way was simply to watch rodas and learn by doing. Improvisation and malí­cia were the trademarks of the original Capoeira, which came to be known as Capoeiral Angola.

In 1942, Pastinha was invited by one of his former students, Aberrê to one of the famous Sunda rodas at the ladeira do Gengibirra, the bairro da Liberdade (in Brazil, the barrios of a city are usually up in its hills). After one afternoon, Amorzinho, one of Bahí­a's greatest masters of the time, asked Pastinha to lead the Capoeira Angola roda. Later that year, Pastinha opened the first Angola school, the Centro Esportivo de Capoeira Angola. Students wore black pants and yellow shirts after the colors of the Ypiranga Futebol Clube, Pastinha's favorite soccer team.

Mestre Pastinha said, "Capoeira é para homen, menino e mulher, só não aprende quem não quiser." (Capoeira is for man, child and woman; the only ones who do not learn it are those who do not want to.) He also said, "O que eu faço brincando você não faz nem zengado." (What I do playing, you don't even do when you're mad.) Pastinha is the one who tells the story of carrying a double-edged sickle everywhere, and fastening it to the end of a berimbau to turn the instrument into a weapon.

Because of his passion for art and his eloquent sayings, Pastinha became known as the philosopher of Capoeira. Because of his tireless teaching despite constant struggle with local authorities, he became known as the father of Capoeira Angola.