Capoeira is many things: a dance, a game, a fight, and a movement-based conversation all in one. It was created in Africa and carried to Brazil by African slaves. It was against the law to "play capoeira" in Brazil and the law remained in effect until 1920. The practice by African slaves and their decendants was disguised as a "folk dance." In their hidden places, capoeiristas did their best to keep the tradition alive, and by presenting it as a folk art, they made the practice of capoeira more acceptable to the society. Capoeira is accompanied by music, which was done to mask the martial arts movements as a dance. Using leg sweeps, kicks, graceful escapes, head-attacks, and handstands, Capoeira utilizes deceptive and acrobatic movements together to trick the opponent into vulnerable positions.
Capoeira Luanda led by Mestre Pescador has moved to Monday nights from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Cost $10.00.
Under the direction of Majestre Pescador, Capoeira Luanda a non-profit organization teaches the solid foundation of Capoeira along with the Afro-Brazilian culture and music. This class is designed for those who are interested in a disciplined study of the dance and martial art form. Join this class to build core strength, cardio conditioning, flexibility strength training and just to have fun.
Capoeira Angola class for children beginning Saturday April 23rd from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm with a kickoff Roda. This weekly class will be taught by Ras Tre Subira, a practitioner of the art with over 10 years of experience with groups in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. The class will involve learning music, movements, African Diasporan history, and making instruments. The class is primarily for youth and children, although it will be open to all interested students.