Last week was Kraaawwzzzyyy, with a capital K!
We had a week long Capoeira workshop, leading up to our Batizado. The workshops were classes everynight, due to run for 2 hours, but normally running for closer to 3 (although a good 45 minutes of that was the teachers talking to us). There was also a series of workshops on Saturday but we could not make those as we had to travel down to Port Arthur for the patient party that Mum Mum’s parents host twice a year. Also, Thursday through Sunday we were hosting two of the participants who had flown in for the Batizado, a professor of Capoeira from New York, and one of his students. Both fantastically nice people, and we would not have asked for nicer guests in our house!
So, the workshops were leading up to our Batizado, or gradution. It is a grading ceremony where the teachers give the audience an overview of what Capoeira is and do mini demonstrations. Then comes the grading, where you are given your new cord (if you are getting one!!) and then you play with one or several of the mestre’s or professors. They will normally try and trick you out and try to take you down. Then after all that, there is a open Roda, where anyone can play.
It was a fun day, but slightly manic. The week was a long one, with early mornings due to work, and late nights due to Capoeira.
Oh yeah, after the graduation was over, we all went to a Mexican restaurant for lunch and then parted ways. At that point Mum Mum and I went home, I packed and we headed over to my parents for a low key, pre Birthday celebration, attended by family and some close friends. At a little after 8:30 that evening, recently drugged up on Celebrex (for my back), I jumped in the car and took a 4 hour drive up to Dallas (actually Plano) for work. And so here I am, just after 7am on Tuesday, my 30th Birhtday, sitting onsite at a customer. I will be here through late morning at which time I drive back home to at least spend a little of my birthday at home!
Do I feel older? Not really, not no more than I normally do when forced to get out of bed at 6am!