Capoeira derives from afro-brazillian slaves, training to fight by disguising it as a dance. As Capoeira comes from Brazil the names for all the moves and the words for the associated songs are almost all in Portuguese. The main features of the dance/fight/game seem, from the outside, to be acrobatic flourishes (similar to breakdance) and kicks, and while blows are rarely landed, takedowns are often completed.
There are two main types of Capoeira (and we teach a bit of both); Angola is generally, slower, lower, more traditional and full of trickery; Regional is generally, faster, more upright, and more acrobatic.
Music is very important in Capoeira – you wouldn’t dance a waltz to techno (well you might), so in that way the rhythm of the music played determines the speed and style of game.
Skills, moves and techniques you’ll learn practising Capoeira:
- Movement (feints and positioning), Evasion (rather than blocking), Kicks (all types), trips/takedowns, some headbutts and hand strikes.
- As well as building cardio endurance and suppleness.
- Music, movement, and when it is safe to perform showier flourishes
- Gameplay – playful trickery rather than aiming to hurt your training partners
The first class is free and then pay as you go. So come along and have a try.
Children (ages 8-16) may join classes as long as they are under parental supervision, those parents who wish to train alongside their children get a discount.
Adult + 1 Child £7.50
Adult + 2 Children £10