Capoeira gives an artistic face to combat.
Within the game there is a feeling of beauty.
It is the perfect symbiotic dispute between force and rhythm.
The contestants are not adversaries, they are comrades.
The capoeirista is an artist and an athlete,
a warrior and a poet.
- Adapted from Dia Gomes
THE GAME OF CAPOEIRA
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art played to the pulsating rhythms set by the berimbau (musical bow), and supported by an atabaque (drum) and one or two pandeiro (tambourine-like instrument).
Originally developed by African slaves living in Brazil's Senzalas (slaves houses) in the 1700s and 1800s, Capoeira has its roots in West African courtship and war dances.
Capoeiristas stand shoulder to shoulder forming a roda (circle) within which the combatants enter to play the game. Those forming the circle keep cadence with their clapping.
During the jogo (game) each player attempt to use malendragem (trickery) and malicia (cunning) 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.
Our Capoeira Classes in Newcastle are conducted by Graduado Quebra (Chris Baird) and Graduada Serenata (Rebekah Parkes), as a branch school of Capoeira Aruanda under the leadership of Mestre Borracha.
Our classes are open to adults and teenagers, and although Capoeira training is physically demanding, adjustments are made to personalise the learning of every individual in the class. So there is no need to worry about fitness before you start. You will be eased into the drills, and be lead on a path from the simple to the spectacular.
You can find out more about what to expect in a Capoeira class by clicking on the link below.
Classes are currently suspended due to the
COVID-19 outbreak. Talk with us about online options.
TUESDAYS 6:30 - 8:00 PM
with Graduada Serenata
THURSDAYS 6:30 - 8:00 PM
with Graduado Quebra
PLANS & FEES
Whether you're looking for a long-term training program or a quick introduction to a new martial art, our credit system offers flexible payment options that put your needs first. Our credits can be used for any regular timetabled class, and as we operate in partnership with Capoeira Aruanda (Team Quebra & Serenata) as part of the Novo Flow Community, our 10 Class & Ultimate Pass credits can be used for their classes too. Our Month Pass is a "single art" pass that offers a discount for someone only studying Kali within our community.
MAYFIELD WEST DEMONSTRATION SCHOOL
7 Gregson Avenue, Mayfield West NSW 2304
We are located in the School Hall of the Mayfield West Demonstration School (also listed as Mayfield West Public School on some maps).
COMING BY CAR
If arriving by car, there is plenty of street parking right out front of the school.
COMING BY BUS
The 47 bus stops right at the door.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR ART & COMMUNITY
Following our Facebook page will provide you with insights into what is important to our community, including Capoeira training tips and clips, Capoeira history and culture, and insights into the Jogo de Capoeira (the game of Capoeira itself).
BE FIRST TO HEAR ABOUT UP-COMING EVENTS OR SPECIAL OFFERS
We use our Facebook page to keep our community aware of special events we are hosting, including Aruanda Roda, Workshops conducted by our teaching team or our Mestre Borracha. We also use our Facebook page to announce special offers to current or future members of our community.
CHAT WITH US
Connecting with us on Facebook will also make it easy to chat with us, and to learn more about what our community has to offer.