Dancing, traditional Brazilian music, rhythm, and coordination are not what you expect to learn in a martial arts class, but they are what you will learn in Capoeira. Originating in colonial Brazil, it began as a form of martial arts taught to enslaved Africans by freed slaves, capoeiristas quickly added music and dance to disguise the deadly force that was being taught in the practice from their suspicious masters. Today it is practiced in studios and gyms throughout the world.
The basic move called a ginga, kicks, cartwheels, crouches, and feints that are all traditional moves to Capoeira have many of the same toning power of push-ups, squats, lunges, and crunches while it increases flexibility as well as Yoga. All of the moves are put together during the roda where the Berimbau and the Atabaque are played while participants sing Portuguese call and response style songs. Inside the circle two people battle in the art of traditional Afro Brazilian fighting and dance. The roda is not only fun to watch and see how the moves all work together, but it is great calorie burning workout.
If you are interested in learning this art Capoeira Besouro is the studio to begin in. Mestre Batata helps new students learn and focuses on teaching the importance of each move to the practice. Beginners’ classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:00 to 8:00. There are also classes for all levels, which allow beginners to receive more intense training with advance students.
The atmosphere is exciting and therefore conducive to learning. Watching others practice and seeing the moves in the end will take your mind off the fact that you are burning calories and toning your body. You will be so entranced with how visually appealing and fun the practice is you will completely forget you are working out.