Final Photo Essay: One Cohesive Group

Final Photo Essay: One Cohesive Group

Journey When presented with the opportunity to go to Ireland and study sport and exercise psychology I felt initial hesitation. The question in my mind was why would it be important to learn this subject in a new environment, more than simply going to visit a country...
Image of Research: Come Play the Game

Image of Research: Come Play the Game

Muito Obrigada (thank you very much) to Mundo Capoeira for this tremendous opportunity and axé (energy).  High expectations are in place for the openness and generosity of capoeirstas, but Mundo exceeded them.  My heart is already sore at the prospect of returning...
Appreciation for Birmingham Capoeira

Appreciation for Birmingham Capoeira

Saturday June 27 at the YMCA I met Jatoba for the first time. Afterward we went out with the group to a coffee shop where we discussed Capoeira philosophy and my current research project over cake. He invited me to stay at his house and to see his school in...

Relationship Mapping

The goal of this exercise was to capture who people are to each other in this place, the Capoeira classroom, as well as their behaviors and attitudes. What is unique to this compared to other physical activity classes you have seen?

What Happens Here

For this assignment we were tasked with looking at an area of campus through the eyes of a cartographer. Where is it? What does it look like? What are its components? How is it used? Who lives, visits or works here? How do people get around? What is their character?...

“It’s Fun to Stay at the YMCA!”

The Setting Saturdays on Angiers st., Dublin, behind a YMCA store front in which can only be seen a construction site, through a winding hallway and up a flight of stairs can be found the Mundo Capoeirstas. From the description you may be able to tell that not much...
Reflecting on Irish Cultural Dance and Music

Reflecting on Irish Cultural Dance and Music

It was a little over a week ago that our group took our walking tour of Dublin which concluded at the Arlington Hotel for an Irish cultural show. The event was certainly oriented for tourists, but those events have their own charm beside experiencing authenticity. It...
Well-Rounded Curriculum

Well-Rounded Curriculum

As a participant observer in the field I spent my first day at Mundo Capoeira participating in the entire class.  I realize now that I had set a standard within the group and mistakenly changed it during my second visit.  Many questions were asked of me during the...

Working for the Weekend

A few UIC students, including myself, went to see the 270ft Mexican tall ship at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay.  Because our course involves learning about human movement, we decided to gather some impromptu data on the sailors.  One of our Spanish speakers...
Three Triptych Photographs and a Song

Three Triptych Photographs and a Song

Each group of three pictures represents elements of a Capoeira joga (game) which took place at Chicago in May.  As you look at these you may start to understand whether Capoeira is a full contact martial art, a dance where there is no contact, or maybe both (Refer...
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