So in honor of my surprise from my great friend Jamel aka Chulapa, who has become one of my greatest of friends. He texted messaged my sister for a week to coordinate the surprise visit….crazy.
I was on my way to hang out with him when he visited last time in LA for a capoeira event, but never quite made it because of my accident that landed me in the ICU for two weeks and hospital for almost a month…..came back to check up on me.
Capoeira I must say has become something dear to my heart, I am not just talking about the pure physicality of the martial art but the sense of community, friendships and bond you make with people.
I am so grateful that I found something in my life that brought so many great and genuine people in my life, and truly is probably the best healing medicine and support that I have had through this whole experience. Not only my own academy Capoeira Brasil, but people from other academies. In addition to people who live all over the country, and yes even all over the world.
This video is my little documentation of my first time in NYC last year, where I was there for almost a month (seemed like a life time) Jamel aka Chulapa nearly dragged , with my consent of course, me all over the city to see the sights despite the bitter cold.
We had a lot of fun times, experienced my first slice of new york pizza with him, a elevator ride that went up and down and nearly freaked us out, showed me Harlem and the infamous Apollo.
One day , I won’t get injured or um today have a lady nearly run my sister over with a car…and show him what LA really has to offer….haha.