Capoeira is a unique Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, dance, music and acrobatics. In capoeira classes students develop physically, emotionally, and mentally as they train Capoeira's challenging movements, learn to play traditional instruments, sing music in Portuguese, and apply their training in an exciting improvised "game" that helps students develop their personal strength, response time, creativity, courage, and self-expression.
Capoeira was developed in Brazil, but its history extends to Africa and tribes from Angola. Slaves living on Brazilian plantations who weren't allowed to openly practice traditional forms of self-defense developed an ingenious method of disguising their training by combining it with dance-like movements, singing, and the rhythms of primitive instruments. The result was a "game" of fluid ground movements, spinning kicks, and daring acrobatics set to the energetic clapping and singing of spectators. Capoeira has evolved over centuries into an exciting combination of martial arts, dance, acrobatics, and live music. What is Capoeira? The best way to answer this question is to try a class and experience capoeira for yourself!
When we hear "martial arts," in the United States, we usually think of Asian art forms like Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, or Jiu Jitsu. But there are martial arts all over the world and capoeira is a great example.
While capoeira is characterized as a martial art, it is so much more. A capoeirista learns to deal with conflict nimbly rather than with open aggression. As a ritualized form of combat, capoeira players compete with opponents in more ways than just physically. They develop their creativity and confidence as they learn to solve problems with a wide array of tools from their psychological powers to the strength of their community.
Capoeira is such a broad sport that it attracts a wide variety of students who bring a diverse set of skills to their practice. As a result, everyone will bring their own strengths and weaknesses to capoeira.
Some are attracted to the energetic music and will easily learn the traditional rhythms played on capoeira instruments, but may struggle with learning the acrobatic movements. Some bring previous experience in martial arts to their training, but will have to work to develop the fluid, dance-like quality of capoeira movements. Each student will find opportunities to both refine their existing skills and to step out of their comfort zone into new experiences.
One of the most important parts of the capoeira experience is the opportunity to participate in a positive community of students who are all working hard to improve their physical fitness, develop their skills, and help each other build confidence. Participating in capoeira classes is a great way to make lasting friendships with amazing people.
“I have been at the Academy for a little over a year. Within that time frame I have learned that I am capable of so much more than I ever thought possible. I have gained a much grander understanding of not just myself, but of others. They teach you the moves, they teach you where to put your feet and hands, they ride you about straightening your legs. But how they do it, with love, compassion, empathy, patience, and LOVE. Is what set's this Academy apart...if I had never been introduced to the Academy..I would, without a shadow of a doubt, be a lesser version of myself. This Academy is a family, a wonderfully loving family, that I am proud to be a member of.”
-Mat Brinkdopke, adult student
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