Many people watch capoeira and think it is just a dance, when in reality, it is many things simultaneously – martial art, dance, music, self-defense. Developed over 500 years ago by African slaves in Brazil, Capoeira has its roots in Afro-Brazilian culture and was said to be both a form of cultural expression and self-defense. During the last two decades, Capoeira has grown immensely as a martial art and artistic activity that incorporates rhythmic and physical expression, and can now be seen in diverse settings across the globe.
Students begin to practice capoeira for different reasons; maybe they are looking to change up their exercise routine, learn more about Brazilian culture or meet new people. Yet, because capoeira involves such a variety of elements, students inevitably discover a new interest or talent.
Besides the unique and extraordinary physical benefits of capoeira (muscle tone, core strength, balance, flexibility, speed – to name a few), capoeira is a means of developing discipline and confidence, as well as personal identity and expression.
Played in the middle of a circle called a roda, Capoeira involves a countless variety of movements – from kicks and escapes, to handstands and cartwheels – that create a dialogue between two people. This dialogue is further influenced by music created by instruments, such as the berimbau, atabaque (drum) and the pandeiro (tambourine) and singing by all people in the circle. All these elements combine to create a Capoeira roda, or circle, in which various forms of communication converge to create improvised and communal expression. Capoeiristas (people who practice capoeira) interact with one another and become active participants in the capoeira roda both physically and
musically. Students quickly realize that capoeira is much more than just a martial art, or a dance, or a fitness class – it is everything all at once.
-Axe Society for Capoeira
Saddletowne YMCA offers Capoeira for Youth & Adults on Tuesday evenings:
Capoeira – Youth (6-11Y)
April 2- June 18 (12 classes)
FREE DEMO CLASS 6:30-7:00 pm Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Capoeira – Adult (12Y+)
April 2 – June 18
M$120 NM$180 (12 classes)
FREE DEMO CLASS 7:30-8:00 pm Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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