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What is Capoeira?

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian Martial art form that combines elements of martial arts, music and dance. This martial art began in Brazil and was first practised by African slaves during the colonial period. Today it's growing in popularity in the UK.

Capoeira is energetic, acrobatic, and uses complex fighting techniques involving kicks, ground moves, emphasising flowing movement accompanied to music. Music plays an important part of this martial art - the inclusion of rhythmic sounds was said to originate from slaves using dance as a cover for learning self defence.

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What will you learn in a Capoeira Class?

Capoeira lessons teach a combination of attack and defence. Capoeira teaches students the subtleties of anticipating another person's intentions by using evasive techniques, 'fluidity' combining elements of attack and defence. Capoeira is a fast and versatile martial art that is historically focused on fighting when outnumbered or in technological disadvantage.

You will learn:

  • Lower body to kicks, sweeps and take downs
  • Feints, to mislead, fool, trick the opponent
  • Pokes, decisive moves to the head, face or a vital body part
  • Elbow strikes, punches and other forms of takedowns
  • Non-resistance, avoiding an attack using evasive moves instead of blocking it.
  • Rolls, and acrobatic moves

The combination of attacks, defence and mobility gives capoeira its perceived "fluidity" and choreography-like style. The inclusion of music in Capoeira makes it a distinct and fun martial art workout.

Who should join a Capoeira class?

People who want to have fun and learn a martial art. Unlike other martial arts music plays an important part in Capoeira game (training), as it tells the capoeiristas how to play the fight. If you want to add a bit of spice and fun to your martial arts then try Capoeira.

This is an energetic acrobatic martial art, requiring flexibility and a good level of fitness. No matter what age you are, the background you have or lifestyle you lead, everyone can benefit from attending Capoeira classes.

Capoeira classes provide a positive focus for youngsters and adults to channel their time and energy and learn a new skill. Find a Capoeira club near you.

Where can I find a capoeira class near me?

Capoeira classes are becoming increasingly popular across the world. Capoeira has featured in a number of movies and music videos including: Jean-Claude Van Damme's movie 'The Quest', Carlos Santana's music video 'Maria, Maria' and Wyclef Jean's video 'We Just Tryin to Stay Alive'. These have all helped increase peoples awareness of this martial art.

Capoeira Training is available for beginners, intermediate, advanced levels.

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