"When I started training Capoeira, I was overweight, out of shape, and terribly shy. I stuck with it, and now I feel great, have more confidence, and can't wait to train. Capoeira has not only given me better health, but also a new network of friends around the country. I surprise myself everyday with what my body and mind can accomplish."-- Kari "Piu-piu" Johnson
Mondays & Wednesdays 6 p.m. - Intermediate
Tuesdays & Thursdays 11am and 6pm - Beginner
Saturday 11am - Mixed levels
Tuesdays and Thursdays 5 p.m.
A full body workout.
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art with deep historical roots. Started in the colonial period, and disguised as a dance, Capoeira was a way for slaves to join together to fight the oppressive slave owners. In Brazil, Capoeira symbolizes the fight for freedom, inclusion, equality, justice, mass education, and hope for a better life.
Our Capoeira program is led by Mestre Ninja, who has 25 years of experience in the art. Classes include kicking drills, sequences with an opponent, gymnastics, and music. Students learn to sing in Portuguese, and to play a variety of percussion instruments. Each class offers options for any level of player, from very beginner to advanced.
"Through teaching Capoeira, my objective is to mark people’s life positively, always believing that as students learn how to use their body in a wide variety of ways and improve their awareness of themselves, they become mentally and physically stronger and much more self-confident."