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Capoeira: It Will Kick Your Butt

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines self-defense, dance, music, and acrobatics.

It's a movement game that is played by 2, surrounded by a group forming a circle, or roda (pronounced ho-da) around them, playing musical instruments and singing to keep the tempo of the game moving along. Many of the songs are sung in a call and response format like Kirtan.

Capoeira does not focus on injuring the opponent, but rather it emphasizes skill. Capoeira becomes an improvisational conversation in which the players maneuver one another into vulnerable positions. Capoeiristas often prefer to show the movement without completing it, enforcing their superiority, so there is often no contact at all.

Only the hands, head, and feet are allowed to touch the floor as the players perform cartwheels, handstands, spinning kicks and acrobatics. The free improvisation of capoeira balances fluid and graceful dance-like moves with speed and cunning.

A Capoeira class increases strength, flexibility, coordination and self-esteem. The classes often include basic skills drills followed by "sparing." When I took a class I couldn't walk normally for a few days - my legs were so worked!!!! You've got to see Capoeira to get a real sense of what it's all about, so check out this video.

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intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 8 years
I just started taking a Capoeira class at my college, and I COULD NOT WALK after the first class. 4 weeks in, I'm getting closer to doing the splits than I have have in my life, and I'm seeing muscles develop that I didn't even know I had.
anaisethenry anaisethenry 10 years
I love Capoeira and it certainly does kick your butt!!! After my first class, I walked like a cowboy for a week!!! It's awesome though, the music, the people, the movements and especially the workout!
Surabhi Surabhi 10 years
LoL, my self-esteem is improving just getting to dream about being able to do that!
snickerdoodle snickerdoodle 10 years
This looks really fantastic, and I can see how Capoeiristas would have mad strength, flexibility, and coordination. My only question is how the self-esteem enters into it - I guess it must be a real confidence booster to be able to pull some of those moves, but I was wondering if you were referring to a different aspect of Capoeira? Either way, this really looks cool. Thanks Fit!
modernage modernage 10 years
I love this. I know this professional dance school that give classes. I'm def. going to investigate.
bpjedi bpjedi 10 years
I tried Capoeira when I was an undergrad. I really, really liked it. Outside of university gyms, at least when I was living in NYC, classes were pretty expensive. Now that I've moved to North Carolina, where things are generally less expensive, I'm going to see if I can find some more affordable Capoeira classes!
TheFairestLady TheFairestLady 10 years
Wow, that looks intense. I'm dizzy just from watching them.
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
WOW, this looks tough
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