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Developing resilience, creative problem-solving skills, and self-expression in youth and the broader community through Capoeira instruction and performance.

Welcome to Roots Capoeira! Capoeira is a unique martial art that develops physical creativity and self-expression.  It also improves physical abilities such as strength, flexibility, coordination, agility, balance, and stamina. 

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What is Capoeira?

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that was created in Brazil over 500 years ago as a fusion of cultures, rituals, and traditions during the time of slavery.  As Capoeira changed over time, it was disguised as a dance and then used as a tool to help free slaves from their oppressors.  Today, Capoeira is considered one of Brazil's national sports and is practiced in many countries around the world.

What do we learn in class?

Ginga- this is the swinging motion that makes Capoeira seem like a dance.

Kicks- Capoeira utilizes round, straight, spinning kicks and more.

Escapes-In order to safely evade kicks, it is essential to learn proper escaping techniques.

Partner sequences- These help to break down movements and connect with a partner to apply in a game.

Take Downs-Capoeira incorporates many different take downs.

Movements-Basic movements are cartwheel, bridge, handstand, macaco, and queda de rins.

Music- Main instruments are berimbau, atabaque (drum), pandeiro (tambourine), and voice.

Roda- Roda refers to learning and improving our strategies of the overall game of Capoeira.

Portuguese- All of the elements will be named with Portuguese words as well as all of the counting in class.

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