Capoerista control and cat slowmo redux

Capoeira at South Bank, 2011. (c) Carole Edrich 2011

Capoeira at South Bank, 2011. (c) Carole Edrich 2011

Some time ago my friend Jeremy Hoare shared a beautiful slow motion comparison of the behaviour of two very different sorts of cat. I love the elegant beauty in the cats’ motion, the way they’re so supremely conscious and in control of their movement, their awareness of the space they occupy and their economy of motion.

It was looking for a combination of such very different facets of movement that stopped me finding what I wanted. Then, one evening last week, while waiting for files to transfer between an old and dodgy external drive and a zippy bright new one, I finally worked out what photo would work.

Capoeira at South Bank, 2011. (c) Carole Edrich 2011

Capoeira at South Bank, 2011. (c) Carole Edrich 2011

I took the shots above of Mestre Carlo Alexandre Teixeira of Kabula Capoeira London less than a minute apart on New Year’s Day a couple of years ago and was very impressed because even in a really busy, noisy hall while playing Capoeira with totally different people, he was aware enough to know – and sufficiently in control to freeze his motion – the instant a young child wandered too close to the capoeristas for his own safety. A clear demonstration of several of the traits I admired in the cat slowmo redux below.

I really wanted to learn Capoeira but was advised against it until such times as my bones had recovered from chemo.