Good for agility and fast reflexes
Capoeira is all about reacting quickly to evade, trick or ‘attack’ your opponent. Regular practice builds fast reflexes and superior agility
Unlike many sports and activities, capoeira takes the body in all directions. It bends, twists, curls and stretches, developing mobility throughout the joints and muscles
Weight-bearing movement in all directions is demanding on the cardiovascular system, increasing stamina. One hour of capoeira burns around 500 calories
Research from the University of Minnesota shows that the coordination of upper and lower body movements, as well as moves that require balancing on one leg or hand, enhance coordination
Strengthens upper body
Many of the moves, including handstands and cartwheels, require taking the body’s full weight through the hands, so strengthening upper arms, chest, shoulders and back
What does it mean (to me) to be a capoeirista?
To play with and enjoy the energy of your camaradas.
To conduct yourself well in the roda and in the world.
To respect your fellow capoeiristas and all other people.
To be always learning and growing.
To face your fears and weaknesses, and overcome them.
To keep a cool head under pressure.
To be ready to fight if you have to.
To oppose oppression and strive for freedom.
To learn about the history, traditions and philosophy of capoeira.
To express yourself through your body.
To train hard and push yourself beyond perceived limits.
To experience Afro-Brazilian culture.
To share knowledge.
To be a musician and a singer.
To be wary, cunning, playful, courageous, shrewd, spontaneous,unpredictable, ready.
To avoid arrogance, envy, loss of temper.