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Things to know about Capoeira

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Yes, all beginners are welcome to start training Capoeira at any time at any of our regular classes. You are welcome to drop in to any one of our all levels classes for a casual class or you can buy a class pass – (see our regular classes time table for information on class times). Our Capoeira classe is designed for those who have no previous experience with Capoeira a, In class you will learn the basic moves, kicks, escapes and basic acrobatics to enable you to play a simple game of Capoeira. You will learn the etiquette of the jogo (game of Capoeira), learn how to play basic rhythms on some instruments and sing simple Capoeira songs (in Portuguese). Our course will also help you to improve your fitness, strength, flexibility, confidence, balance, co-ordination, perception, rhythm and timing all of which you will be able to apply in your day to day life and prepare you to advance to our regular classes should you wish to continue learning Capoeira.

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Bring a towel, spare shirt(s) and your own water bottle. Bring your own strapping or sports tape if needed. If you are under 18 years a parent or guardian is required to be present to sign your consent form.

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Capoeira is for all ages and levels of fitness. Come along and have some fun. If you are concerned about participating in any exercises please do not hesitate to discuss your concerns with us before you commence training. We also recommend that you see your doctor for advice before commencing any exercise curriculum.

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As with learning and training any sport your fitness will increase, as will your strength, co-ordination and flexibility. Remember that starting something new is always difficult, but with regular training and persistence you can achieve your goals!

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Please see your doctor or physiotherapist for advice before commencing or continuing any physical activity. You need to know and understand your limitations before you can commence any form of exercise. You are required to fill out a personal and medical history form before commencing any activities with us and you must discuss any concerns (including previous illnesses, injuries and current medications) you may have before you start Capoeira classes.

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We have a number of parents and children who train at our academy. Participating in the same activity can often bring you ‘closer’ together. We have both adult’s classes and children’s classes – however, they are not combined. Children need to develop their co-ordination, balance, strength and flexibility at a different pace and in a different learning environment to adults, therefore it is necessary to have separate classes. However, the moves that you will learn will be the same as your child and you can have fun practicing them together in your own time, or at the monthly rodas that we organize when the whole school comes together in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere (usually outside of the academy).

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Capoeira is a martial art with elements of music, dance and acrobatics. It is normal to like one aspect over another and you may find that you may excel one area and may have some difficulties in others. However, students will learn all aspects of Capoeira and are encouraged to keep training all elements. Remember - the most important thing is that you have fun!

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One of the most beautiful things about Capoeira is the acrobatics. However, it is not necessary to do back flips in order to play a good or effective game of Capoeira. Capoeira allows one to express him or herself physically and to explore one’s limitations and potential. While we teach acrobatic moves in a controlled environment with trained instructors, we never impose moves upon a student who is not yet ready to practice or execute them.

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Capoeira is an art form that is more than 500 years old, rich in history, philosophy and ritual. From since its early stages in history Capoeira was practiced to music to disguise the fact that practitioners (slaves) were practicing a martial art so that they could eventually break free from their captors. Thus, the music plays an important role in deceiving onlookers, making them believe that Capoeira is a dance. While Capoeira has elements of dance, it is indeed a martial art with defenses, attacks and take downs – and, each game is un-rehearsed. All of the songs are sung in Portuguese and tell stories of Capoeira’s history and of the game within. Students will learn the various rhythms played on the instruments and what the songs mean during the course of their learning.

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This is a personal decision based on your commitment level and your available time. Students are encouraged to train regularly. In order to improve at a good rate we recommend training at least twice per week.

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Usually after you enroll for the class the uniforme comes with the registration.The uniform includes 1 shirt, 1 pair of training pants (abada). You can also purchase extra uniform at our academy.

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We appreciate it if you contact us to let us know if you will be unable to make it to classes. While Capoeira can be learned as an individual, it is also a team sport. Your regular contact with us helps us to plan classes structured around YOU. If you will be away for a long period we request that you let your instructor know.

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Capoeira, like any other martial art has a belt system that indicates the level of a hierarchy within the group, distinguishing the student from the instructor or mestre (master). Your Corda,‘belt’ is earned by you from your hard work and dedication in your training. Attendance to our annual grading or workshops is not compulsory, however students must train in their level in class, therefore if you choose not to attend the workshops to improve your skills, or attend the grading you may not be able to reach your full potential in Capoeira.