Disciplinary are generally highlighted through uniformity, the ‘seamless-ness’ of having a majority into having the same thoughts, the identical way of looking into an idea, and I’m sure you know how it works.
Within martial-arts system of today, these disciplinary train of thoughts are benchmark through ‘forms’ and ‘effectiveness’, measured thru grades of different phases, classifying identities – best to those who broadcast the best sense of perfection. It sounds like a great idea to me. This would allow a person to shape themselves into the perfection for effectiveness thru the forms exercised or performed. Let’s have a look at another perspective. Would you think self-discipline can also be exercise by allowing the practitioner to have a free train of thoughts, but shaped towards a common positive goal?
I believe this is where Capoeira Angola has a unique form of practice. The movements that are being use to play Capoeira Angola has no forms, for example. One person’s stance can look so different than another but has the same purpose. The purpose to stand, to prepare, to defend and offend are one of the only few things that matters to a person of Capoeira Angola practitioner, an Angoleiro, in the sense of movements. This means that good learners of Capoeira Angola has to make sure that their movements make sense to them instead of choosing to move just like how everyone else should.
This idea within the mind of players, entitle them to a right of free movements and this means high-risk. Imagine the kicks coming in from different angles, speed, timing, strength with tricks, and all the leg sweeps preparing to take you down, an ‘uncalculated’ move could lead to a huge damage and lead to the loss of another.
Through the common goal of an Angoleiro, each person holds the responsibility to ‘play and chill’ together at high-risk, towards the sustainability of an Angoleiro community by making sure that they have control of their movements and understanding of applications of each movements to avoid causing damage to another Angoleiro. A mindful goal, you see.
I feel that with Capoeira Angola, I can always be myself, being who I comfortably am and still fit in a social norm or group, as long as I positively contribute, with no oppression. Now, did you notice that trait of a freedom train of thoughts yet with the same common goal of positivism? Can this be considered disciplined?
That is just only one example and these are the ideas that I would be extremely happy to discuss when we have the chance to meet in our classes. Try it! 🙂
Mestre Indio once said “Capoeira Angola is mostly about our mind, our way of thinking.”
P.s: Here’s a video of Mestre Indio and Mestre Rogerio both from Angola Dobrada, in a beautiful game which shows the ideology of balance within Capoeira Angola, a discipline earn thru the practice.
Enjoy and Salve!