What is Capoeira?
Capoeira originated in Brazil in the 17th century. The enslaved African people taken to the new Portuguese colony developed this art as a means to preserve their cultures and as a means of self defense and martial power. Once the slave owners became aware of this, they began to punish Capoeira severely, often with death. As a result, Capoeiristas disguised their fight in dance and music, allowing its preservation to the current day.
Capoeira was brought into the modern era and to more mainstream attention by Mestre Bimba and Mestre Pastinha in the first half of the 20th century. Mestre Bimba was the first to open an official Capoeira school, and his work cause the legalization of Capoeira and alleviated the social stigma of the art. Mestre Pastinha revived older, more traditional Capoeira practices – what we now call Capoeira Angola – and brought them back into popular attention.
Today, Capoeira is a worldwide phenomenon. It is simultaneously a beautiful physical artform and means of self-defense, with unique movements and a focus on dance and music. Practicing Capoeira will make you more flexible, stronger, fitter, all while teaching you an incredibly expressive and interactive art. Most importantly, you will be part of a rich and diverse community focused on building each other up and supporting social causes.
The mission of this school is to give people of all ages a space to sing, play music, dance, have fun, and learn the martial art of Capoeira in a diverse, safe, and supportive community. We do this by providing high-quality Capoeira instruction to help people of all ages and backgrounds learn all aspects of this beautiful art.
I was first introduced to Capoeira by a college group in the Spring of 2009. Immediately, I was captivated by the movements, the music, and the interactions between people playing. It was the most unique martial art I'd ever seen, and I needed to learn more.
Ever since then, I have been engrossed in Capoeira, learning as much as I can about movement and the incredibly rich history of the art. This led me to study with several different people across the USA, and to study other movement arts like gymnastics, calisthenics, and martial arts tricking. Through my studies, I have gained a lot of knowledge on how the body works and how to learn new movements and improve what we already do.
Capoeira also sparked my passion for teaching, and I have spent years studying teaching methods and leading classes for students of all ages. I pride myself in my ability to understand my students' limitations, and to help them surpass those limitations!
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