Capoeira

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, music, and culture. In a Capoeira class, students will learn a wide range of skills and knowledge, both physical and cultural. Here’s a detailed breakdown of what a student can expect to learn in a Capoeira class:

  1. History and Cultural Background:

     Students will begin by learning about the history and cultural significance of Capoeira. This includes its roots in African and indigenous Brazilian traditions, its development in the context of slavery, and its evolution into a recognized art form.

  1. Capoeira Music:

     Capoeira is accompanied by a unique blend of music, and students will learn to play traditional instruments such as the berimbau (a single-stringed bow), atabaque (drum), and pandeiro (tambourine). They will also learn the songs and rhythms that accompany Capoeira games.

  1. Basic Movements and Techniques:

     Students will be taught the fundamental movements and techniques of Capoeira, which include kicks, sweeps, escapes, and acrobatic maneuvers. These movements often mimic animal motions, such as those of a rooster, jaguar, or monkey.

  1. Roda (Capoeira Circle):

     Capoeira is typically practiced in a “roda,” a circular space where students engage in games (jogos) with a partner. Students will learn how to enter and exit the roda, as well as the etiquette and traditions associated with it.

  1. Acrobatics and Floreios:

     Capoeira incorporates impressive acrobatic movements and floreios (flourishes). Students will progressively develop their agility and flexibility to perform cartwheels, flips, handstands, and other acrobatic feats.

  1. Combative Skills:

     Capoeira is a martial art, and students will learn self-defense techniques within the context of the game. They will practice various kicks, strikes, and counters used for both attack and defense.

  1. Rhythm and Timing:

     Timing is crucial in Capoeira. Students will learn how to read their opponent’s movements, anticipate their actions, and execute their attacks and defenses with precision and style.

  1. Physical Conditioning:

     Capoeira classes often include warm-up exercises, strength training, and stretching to enhance physical fitness, agility, and endurance. Developing core strength is particularly important for performing Capoeira movements effectively.

  1. Brazilian Portuguese Language:

     Many Capoeira songs and commands are in Portuguese, so students may pick up basic Portuguese phrases and vocabulary related to Capoeira.

  1. Culture and Traditions:

      Students will gain an appreciation for the cultural aspects of Capoeira, including its rituals, ceremonies, and the sense of community that surrounds it.

  1. Ethical and Philosophical Aspects:

      Capoeira often emphasizes values such as respect, humility, and camaraderie. Instructors may share the philosophical aspects of Capoeira and its role in personal development.

  1. Progression and Graduation:

      In most Capoeira schools, there is a system of belts or cords to mark a student’s progress and skill level. Students work towards achieving higher ranks through consistent practice and dedication.

  1. Performance and Roda Participation:

      As students gain experience, they will have opportunities to participate in public rodas and performances, showcasing their skills and understanding of Capoeira to a wider audience.

Capoeira is not just a martial art; it’s a rich cultural experience that combines physicality, music, and history. Learning Capoeira can be a lifelong journey, with students continually refining their skills and deepening their understanding of this unique Brazilian art form.

Capoeira Program Details

Home School Capoeira

Our Home School Capoeira class is designed for all ages and experience levels.  The classes are scheduled at convenient day times to allow your family to have their evenings free to spend together or in other activities.