For me capoeira is about unity of a universe of unique and different individuals and making everyone in the roda make their best possible contribution to the whole. Independent of your capacity, capoeira continuously presents new and different challenges and therefore also has a transformative power for me as an individual as for a group as a unity. I have always thought a very fascinating part of capoeira to be the wide variety of abilities capoeira asks and thus challenges us to develop.
As a student in Oslo in the nineties, capoeira came as a great surprise to me.
After receiving my first graduation in 1998 still in Oslo, I travelled to Brazil to learn Portuguese and to prepare for further anthropological studies.
I received my 2nd corda in Brasilia in 1999, getting to know Mestre Maclau and our community in Sobradinho, DF while living in Rio de Janeiro.
Experiences from Brazil, and in particular of the brutal social differences so obvious in Brazilian society, have stimulated reflections over injustice and directed my professional choices.
Inspired by Prof. Torkjell I dedicated a year to studying the Landless Workers Movement (MST) in the state of Goias in 2001.
In 2002 I married Mestre Maclau. We have two daughters together, I was pregnant with our first when I got my instructor belt in 2005.
After ten years I got my graduation as a professor in Oslo. Where we still live, train and teach.
I am very grateful to have had many opportunities of travelling both in Norway and abroad alone and with my family and capoeira-friends.
Also I am very pleased to have had the opportunity of hosting great capoeiristas and people from Brazil and elsewhere through many years in our home in Oslo.
Hopefully we will be able to recap this movement of exchanges in a post-pandemic situation.