Capoeira in Olinda

By Joshua Rapp Learn, Contributing Reporter

OLINDA - “Hey, Macarrão!” I was surprised to hear my Capoeira nickname a few seconds after stepping off the bus in Olinda, a beautiful colonial town to the north of Recife.  The name translates to ‘pasta noodle’ and outside of Vancouver, only a few people knew of it.

I glanced across the street to see a muscly Brazilian smiling at me. “Pai Jam?”  I inquired.  I’d briefly spoken to the Capoeira teacher on the phone after Eclilson de Jesus, master of the international Capoeira group Aché Brasil, emailed me his contact number in . . .

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