Rooted in the rich cultures brought to Brazil by enslaved Africans, Capoeira is a martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. It is known for its quick and complex maneuvers, use of power, speed, and leverage across a wide variety of kicks, spins and techniques.
Capoeira is a fight, a dance, and a game; a play of creativity, intuition, grace, strength, history and tradition. It is a heritage that has been persevered through centuries of marginalization and discrimination and today the art has evolved from cultural practice, to martial art to way of life.
The game of Capoeira is a fluid series of agile, acrobatic, and martial movements linked together to form a unique bodily conversation.
These games are an intricate exchange of circular and straight kicks, escapes, sweeps, takedowns, and gymnastic flourishes. They are a highly physical and athletic experience.
The gracefully strategic physical dialogue happens in the Roda, the circle where training manifests into games between two practitioners.
Music plays a central role in Capoeira. It sets the rhythm, the style of play, and the energy of a game as well creates aural space believed to provide connection to the spirit world.