Capoeira gives an artistic face to combat.
Within the game there is a feeling of beauty.
The capoeirista is an artist and an athlete, a warrior and a poet.
MORE THAN JUST A MARTIAL ART
We offer classes in the amazing art form and combative game of Capoeira, that incorporates acrobatics, rhythm, music, fun, fitness and martial arts. There are no specific requirements for starting Capoeira. Our classes cater for all levels of experience. People of all ages & fitness levels, and without any musical experience, can participate at their own level in our classes.
WHAT IS CAPOEIRA?
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art played to the pulsating rhythms of a berimbau, atabaque, and pandeiro. Capoeiristas stand shoulder to shoulder forming a roda (circle) within which the players enter to play the game. Those forming the circle keep cadence with their clapping. During the jogo (game) each player attempts to read and out-wit the other in the ultimate physical game of chess, in which only the hands, feet, and head are typically permitted to touch the floor. The best games are a complex dialogue of effortless kicks and evasions, acrobatics and theatrics.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A CAPOEIRA CLASS?
A Capoeira Aruanda class, no matter where you train, will consist of the following components:
Warm up: Gentle, full body warm-up to prepare for the movements of the class.
Technique practice: In lines and with partners, learning the kicks, transitions, and evasions that are the main vocabulary of a Capoeirista.
Acrobatics practice: beginning with "simple" movements like bananeira (handstands) and au (cartwheels), and progressing into more complex movements over time.
Jogo: The actual game of Capoeira itself. In pairs in the centre of the roda (circle of people) students will practice playing capoeira freely.
Cool down, and stretching.
Music practice: learning to play capoeira instruments and traditional Capoeira songs.
End of class: Pack-up and questions.
HOW DO I START?
You can start training Capoeira at any time. Until you get your uniform you should wear comfortable gym/exercise clothes that you can run, stretch and move freely in. Very baggy clothes are not recommended, as we do practice upside-down and spinning movements such as cartwheels and handstands, which can be tricky in loose clothing. Students train either barefoot or with sports shoes on, so bring a pair on the day, and decide which works best for you.
Before your first class: Complete our pre-training questionnaire by clicking on the Registration Form link below. This will ensure the Instructors know everything they need to know to help make your martial arts journey safe, productive, and enjoyable.