Latest Updates (December, 2017) For the month of December all of our classes are free to new students! No cost or commitment necessary, just email us to let us know when you will make it to your first class and come ready to learn!
Our Thursday evening kids classes are on hiatus. Feel free to email us if you would like to be kept up to date on when they will resume.
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We are a small but dedicated group that is part of
Vadiação de Oxossi. Our mission is in guiding participants in learning the art of Capoeira Angola, a traditional folk activity with elements of self-defense, music, acrobatics, dance, etc. Classes are taught by instuctors Rato and Pensador, both of whom have studied this tradition under the guidance of Mestre Pererê for well over a decade. Together they provide challenging and fun lessons to both completely new students as well as experienced players. Skills that are taught include graceful kicks, slippery body-twisting escapes, jaw-dropping acrobatic flourishes, etiquette for playing the game, strategies for winning the game, how to play and sing traditional Capoeira Angola music, and exercises for keeping your game sharp.
Some of the many benefits of practicing this art include:
-Acquiring physical mobility, strength, endurance, coordination and gracefulness
-Relief of stress, improved mood, and all other health benefits of aerobic/cardiovascular exercise and strength training
-Development of musical skills
-Skills and context with which to play, train, and interact with other players around the world
-Exposure to the Portuguese language, as well as history and cultural context of Capoeira Angola
-Practical and efficient strategies for self-defense practiced in a safe environment
-Cultivating greater awareness of one's body and surroundings while remaining relaxed and playful
-An opportunity to unlock potential you may not have considered and do things you never thought you could
-The opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and perspectives from a centuries-old tradition.
-Having a ridiculous amount of fun!
All classes are held at Benson Community Center at 6008 Maple Street.
Fundamentals of Capoeira Angola (ages 14 and up): Cost: $50 per month or $10 single day drop-in (see below for discounts)
Tuesdays 6:00pm-7:30pm Wednesdays 6:00pm-7:30pm Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm
These ongoing classes are for brand new students as well as experienced players who would like to develop and refine their knowledge and skills. Each class is tailored to the various experience levels of the students, guiding each individual towards building a solid foundation in the art while providing a fun, interesting, and challenging experience.
These classes consist of:
- music practice where students learn traditional rhythms and songs, as well as the contexts in which they are played/sung
-learning and refining a variety of movements that make up the vocabulary of the capoeira game, including footwork, kicks, escapes, acrobatic flourishes, takedowns, and more.
-using the movements in various sequences and scenarios to make them applicable and develop strategies for winning the game.
-Conditioning exercises that help build strength, mobility, and endurance that is specific to capoeira, but certainly beneficial outside of the roda as well.
-discussions of what Capoeira Angola is, as well as history and concepts that form the basis of it's practice.
If you'd like to attend a class or have questions, email Rato at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 402-547-8327.
Fundamentals of Capoeira Angola For Youth and Family (ages 8-13 + family members)
Cost: $50 per month or $10 single day drop in (see below for discounts)
Thursdays 6:00pm-7:00pm Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm
Capoeira Angola is an excellent activity for kids! These classes give kids the opportunity to learn Capoeira movements, music, and gameplay in a fun way. This not only provides great physical exercise, but is also an excellent way for them to interact with other kids in a setting that values respectful yet playful competition as well as cooperation. These classes also explore Capoeira music and song, giving students a chance to build a foundation in musical skills as well as exposure to another language and culture. Parents of our students have reported their kids being more focused, more social, and less hyper after attending our classes regularly. Parents and other family members are welcome to come learn with their kids in these classes in addition to the regular Fundamentals classes and rodas.
Our Thursday evening kids classes are temporarily on hold. Feel free to email us if you would like to be kept up to date on when they will resume.
GROUP DISCOUNTS ON MONTHLY DUES!
Group rates: sign up with friends or family members and share a discount. $50 for the first person, then subtract 20% for each additional friend or family member (for example: parent and two kids: first family member: $50, 2nd family member: $40, 3rd family member $30, total cost: $120). Does not apply to single day drop-ins, and cannot be combined with Groupons.
Here are some other learning opportunities that we offer besides our regular ongoing classes:
Rodas - Free to watch! Every Saturday at 11:00am we have our rodas. The roda is the ritual in which the game of capoeira is played, along with live music and singing. Let us know before you come just in case we decide to go play outside!
Demonstrations - Usually consists of a roda (which includes movement and music) and possibly some discussion. A great way to introduce a group of people to this tradition.
Workshops - Workshops can last from one hour to many hours and can focus on any aspect of the art such as fundamental movements, music, or both.
Introductory Courses - These are usually once or twice a week and last 4 or more weeks. They are designed to give students enough knowledge and skills to fully participate in a roda.
Private Lessons - This is mostly for people who are really eager to learn Capoeira but unable to make it to any of our regular classes.
If you are interested in any of these and would like more information, contact us at:email@example.com
call Tommy at (402)-547-8327