What is Capoeira?

Capoeira is a game and a dance that was created by slaves in Brazil in the 16th century.  People of different tribes and nations, with different customs and speaking different languages, were forced to live under the same roof and under unimaginable oppression.  It was in these conditions that they developed the common "language" Capoeira, combining customs of dance, ritual, and fighting arts.  In fact, the dance and ritual aspects made an effective disguise for the martial and self-defense aspects of the art.  This is how Capoeira became a unifying force for the oppressed, as well as a tool of resistance.

Today, Capoeira is a unique sport that is a mix of game playing and competitive fighting.  Music and ritual are integral elements that guide the pace and energy (axé) of the game.  The hundreds of songs we sing reflect the history of the art - the oppression of slaves, the valor and wisdom of famous Capoeiristas and Mestres (master teachers of Capoeira).  And although slavery has ended, oppression still exists in many forms, thus the spirit of resistance continues to be relevant to our world.

The most important goal of modern Capoeira is not winning, but cooperating and working together to improve oneself and each other, a little bit every day.

It is a spectacle for the eyes of the observer; a sport that depends on the creativity of each person and where the participant can be 3 to 80 years old.


Physical Benefits

  • Stretching and strengthening all the muscles of the body
  • A great cardiovascular workout
  • Developing speed, strength, and motor skills

Psychological Benefits

Capoeira training not only strengths the physical body, but helps participants take control of negative emotions, such as: Anxiety; Shyness; Aggression.

These psychological benefits are developed through instilling cooperation, respect, discipline, and tolerance. Capoeira is the development of mature emotions through movement. It develops a body language where creativity and expression are the principle tools. An individual can use expression, communication, and creativity to better prepare for the challenges of a competitive society.


$12 drop in fee
One month of one weekly class: Adults $40, Students $30
One month unlimited: Adults $55, Students $45
One Month of Kids classes: $35, $30 each for siblings

Tuesdays 5:30-7:00 pm   (for all Levels)

Thursdays 4:30-5:30 ( for Kids)
Thursdays 5:30-7:00 pm   (for all Levels)

Sundays 9:00-10:30 am   (for all Levels)


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