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Capoeira is Brazilian art form which combines Dance, Music, Martial Arts and theatrical game play. It was developed from African Traditions by Africans as a tool of rebellion against their slavery in Brazil. The real intention behind the acrobatics, footwork, subtle attacks and defensive evasions was disguised from the Portuguese overseers as a ritual dance.
Brazil was discovered by the Portuguese in the year 1500, transatlantic Slavery started soon afterwards and continued legally until 1888. Approximately 6 million people were taken from their African homes and enslaved in Brazil during these 4 centuries. Capoeira, as with other expressions of African culture was made illegal with severe corporal punishment meted out for those caught in its practice.
When the law abolishing slavery in Brazil was passed, all records were burnt to prevent compensation claims. Former slaves were not provided with any new form of income, accommodation or alternative socio-economic survival.
Capoeira was finally legalised in 1937. This was largely thanks to Mestre Bimba developing a new “Regional” Capoeira which removed much of the African Ritual and focussed on more direct Martial Arts techniques and training methods. Subsequently those who wished to preserve the traditions defined their practice as “Capoeira Angola”.
Since the 1970’s there has been an explosion of styles, referred to as “Contemporanea” (Contemporary).
Capoeira is a game, challenge and physical dialogue that takes place between two “Capoeiristas” in the centre of a circle (called the “Roda”). The rules, objective and speed of the game are dictated by the rhythms and songs of the other Capoeiristas around the circle (Roda).
The Capoeira orchestra is controlled by the one-stringed bow called a Berimbau, which is supported by specific percussion instruments and with particular songs sung in Portuguese.
Generally within the Game (Jogo) the Capoeiristas try and out-do each other by:
- Being more acrobatic
- Dominating the space and disrupting the natural flow of their opponents movement
- Catching their opponent unexpectedly off-balance.
Capoeira is uniquely social, it is possible to “make a level playing field” for all games no matter the difference in level or ability of the two players. Every game of Capoeira is unique and improvised.
Capoeira movement has a broad influence on Contemporary Dance, Street/Break Dance and the sport of choreographed martial arts called “Tricking”.
“Centro Cultural de Capoeira Mocambo” is affiliated with “Associaςão de Capoeira Senzala Santos”, the school of widely respected Grand Master, Mestre Sombra in Santos, São Paulo State, Brazil.
Evening Classes are at “The Old Goods Yard” near the Antelope Pub (LL57 2HZ)
From the uphill side of the pub, take the small track that runs between the crash barrier and railway line, Stay left through the Gates into TOGY, Capoeira is the first building on the left.
(We offer discounts for families)
For further details, please contact:
Monitor Colin Daimond on 07773 798199
Beginners & Youth
6:30-7:30pm – £7.00
4:00pm – 4:45pm – £5.00
4.45pm – 5:30pm – £5.00
*During School Terms
Payments are made directly / electronically to our account. After a trial period, payments for children’s classes are requested up-front for each 6 week block
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