Thursday, August 16, 2018
 
Adult Capoeira

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Adult Capoeira Regional  
Tuesdays and Thursdays  

Beginners Capoiera  
ages 12 and older  
6:00pm-7:00pm  

  
  

Adult Capoeira Regional classes offer a great stress free workout and an introduction into this fascinating art. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art with roots of ritual, dance, community and much more, practiced in its earliest forms by enslaved Africans hundreds of years ago in colonial Brazil. Capoeira Regional is one of the two traditional "styles" of capoeira, and was created in the early 1900's by the legendary capoeirista Mestre Bimba. Bimba created Capoeira Regional to be a faster paced, more acrobatic, and more combative art than the previous forms of capoeira. Click here to find out more about the art: What is Capoeira Regional?

We welcome people of all shapes and sizes and in any physical condition. Capoeira Regional is adaptable to anyone!  Beginning classes include instruction in basic Capoeira Regional movements, kicks, evasive movements, simple acrobatics, intro to music, and exercises to prepare the body for more advanced training. Intermediate and advanced classes offer a more strenuous program and advanced Capoeira Regional movement. Taught by Mestre Almiro &/or student instructor.

* Advanced class by invitation only. Those who have previous capoeira experience with other capoeira groups should attend the beginner class so we can meet and learn about your experience level.



Capoeira Class Fees:

$15 Drop-in Single Adult Capoeira Class

$95 Full Month Adult Capoeira Class (includes ALL capoeira classes offered)


Frequently Asked Questions

Is it okay to just come and observe a capoeira class?

Absolutely! We are welcoming of quiet observers for beginning capoeira classes. Observation of advanced classes is by invitation only.

Capoeira is too difficult for me / I am too out of shape, right?
Not true at all! Basic capoeira is very accessible and can be mastered by anyone of any physical condition, height, weight, build, sex, age or background. Necessary accommodations can be made in class to best help students to perform at their optimal level for their ability.

What capoeira class should I attend?
The beginner class focuses on basic movements, stretches, and exercises designed to build strength, flexibility, balance, body awareness, and confidence for students with little or no experience. Those who have previous capoeira experience with other capoeira groups should attend the beginner class so we can meet and learn about your experience level.

What can I expect from my first class?
Class begins with a 15 minute warm-up and stretch session to prepare the body for an aerobic workout. The remainder of the class is spent learning the ginga (the base swaying/dance movement of capoeira) and some basic defensive movements. Expect to be actively moving your body for the whole 1 hour class with 1 or 2 brief breaks. 

What should I wear or bring to my first class?
Please wear long pants that you can move well in (such as martial arts pants or sweat pants.) Capoeira is practiced with bare feet so plan to take your shoes and socks off. You may also want to bring a full water bottle for hydration.

What costs are associated with capoeira classes?
Classes cost $15 for each drop-in or, you may become a monthly member for $95 which includes unlimited classes. We often have special long term deals and discounts as well as promotional deals such as class exchange and discounted instruments.

I still have more questions. How can I answer them?
You can contact us via email, phone or visit us at the Bahia Brazil Art Center. We enjoy and encourage interest and visitors.

 

What is Capoeira?

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art with roots of ritual, dance, community and much more, practiced in its earliest forms by enslaved Africans hundreds of years ago in colonial Brazil. The evolution of capoeira is widely undocumented and therefore much debate exists around its history and original creation. Practitioners of capoeira- "capoeiristas"- generally practice one of two traditional, very distinct "styles": Capoeira Angola or Capoeira Regional. Outside of Brazil, others may practice a mixture of Capoeira (Angola &/or Regional) with other marital arts or a modernized offshoot of these styles, called Capoeira Contemporanea. Although all may bare the name "Capoeira", it is important to know the difference and to study the history in deciding which art is right for you. Today capoeira has spread throughout the world and is highly respected for its unique combination of martial arts, dance, song, folklore, and philosophy. 

What is Capoeira Regional?
Capoeira Regional is one of the two traditional "styles" of capoeira, and was created in the early 1900's by the legendary capoeirista Mestre Bimba. Bimba created Capoeira Regional to be a faster paced, more acrobatic, and more combative art than the previous forms of capoeira. Structured classes and training regimens, rules of conduct and character development, as well as the establishment of a complete,
documentable system were just a few of the contributions Mestre Bimba brought to Capoeira. Bimba's Academia-escola de Cultura Regional, the first legitimized capoeira school in Brazil (capoeira had previously been criminalized and banned by the government) opened the door to international development and preservation of the art.

We practice Capoeira Regional in Portland, Oregon as learned by Mestre Almiro, former head of the Academia do Bimba (later name of the first established school) in his hometown and the birthplace of Capoeira- Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Mestre Almiro has worked many years to accommodate U.S. students while preserving the integrity of the traditional art of Capoeira Regional do Mestre Bimba.