About the Blog
Mandingueira is a blog about women, capoeira, and women in capoeira. It will consist of a lot of posts to do with these things, and possibly a few that don’t. These include thought pieces, informative articles, anecdotes, satire, links and multimedia, and hopefully more than one or two things that no one has ever thought of before! One of Mandingueira‘s main goals is to raise lots of discussion, thoughts, ideas, and dialogue, so if something strikes you, please SPEAK UP! For more information, check out the blog’s very first post: Batizado – The Initiation of Mandingueira.
P.S. Mandingueira is NOT named for its author (me)!! If you want to know my rationale behind the name, please read “Mandinga and Mandingueira: What’s in a Name?“.
About the Author
Joaninha started training capoeira in 2005–although back then, she called it “trying out this completely random thing she found to combat summer lethargy and unwittingly subjecting herself to constant comfort zone limit-smashing situations”. However, she has never looked back since, and owes it all to one slightly misleading community centre program course description. When not honing a back-breaking ginga or mourning the nth recovery and loss of her macaco, Joaninha single-handedly keeps Indigo Chapters in business (or so her parents think), and contemplates the interior decorating she’d like to have in her cardboard box while she pursues a career in writing and/or editing and/or publishing and/or journalism (she’s also a terrible decision-maker, and consequently is always looking for ways to do more).