CAPOEIRA BRAZILIAN MARTIAL ARTS AND DANCE
Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance,acrobatics, and music. It was practiced by enslaved Africans in Brazil at the beginning of the 16th century. It is known for its acrobatic and complex maneuvers, often involving hands on the ground and inverted kicks. It emphasizes flowing movements rather than fixed stances; the ginga, a rocking step, is usually the focal point of the technique. The most widely accepted origin of the word capoeira comes from the Tupi words referring to the areas of low vegetation in the Brazilian interior where fugitive slaves would hide. A practitioner of the art is called a capoeirista.
The dance and music was incorporated in the system to disguise the fact that they were practicing fighting techniques. After the abolition of slavery in Brazil, capoeira was declared illegal at the end of the 19th century. However, by the 1920s, authorities began to relax enforcement on its prohibition, and martial artists began to incorporate capoeira technique into their practices. By the 1970s, capoeira masters started traveling around the world, helping the art become internationally recognized and practiced. On 26 November 2014, capoeira was granted a special protected status as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.
Each Capoeira workshop consists of:
10-15 min warm up and stretches (with games sometimes)
Kicks (no contact)
Combination of movements
RODA (when 2 people perform together the movements to live Capoeira music)
Students will have the opportunity to learn about the music, dance, history and language (Brazilian Portuguese) of Capoeira whilst improving fitness and agility. Capoeira provides a platform for personal achievement, improving self-esteem and creativity.
Introducing Capoeira to your school’s physical education plan allows the introduction of cultural variety and exciting diversity.
Half-day workshops run from 9am-12pm, with full-day workshops running from 9am-3pm with a break for lunch. We recommend that the workshops are broken down into sessions lasting approx. 40 mins to 1 hour (to best suit your school timetable) with one class participating per session.
All workshop activities can be held inside or outside in good weather and comply with all current covid guidelines. If you’d like any further details, please get in touch and I’d be happy to provide more information.