Capoeira

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines dance, music, fighting movements, theatre and ritual. The game is played between two people to the rhythm of Afro-Brazilian music. It helps to improve co-ordination, flexibility, fitness and develop confidence through self-expression.

In essence, Capoeira Angola is a danced fight, a playful sparring involving style, wit, flexibility and strategy. It is infinitely varied with unlimited combinations of movements. The “Jogo” (game) of Capoeira is played in a circle that limits the space, and the tradition and ritual of the game impose an exercise in control. An accumulation of rhythms, songs, responses, instruments and gestures all form the rite that is the “Roda de Capoeira”.

Capoeira Angola – The Main Benefits

  • Physical: cardio-vascular workout, improved flexibility, posture and balance. Capoeira also helps develop the sense of rhythm, balance and coordination
  • Psychological: Capoeira is known to reduce stress levels and improve the general wellbeing of the individual. The practice of Capoeira increases focus and concentration, promotes self control and discipline
  • Social: Capoeira is a team building exercise that promotes integration, while fostering tolerance and acceptance of diversity.
  • Cultural: Capoeira integrates cultural elements from different areas of Afro-Brazilian heritage, including dance, music, Portuguese language and self-expression

Capoeira Angola has a number of positive impacts, particularly on child development, that become visible after just a few months of practice. Children learn to use their body in different ways, improving balance, coordination and sensitivity to music. Progressively, the practice of capoeira helps to build self confidence, awareness of others, respect for diversity and tolerance, while also providing an opportunity for entertainment and play.

More info: http://www.oxfordcapoeira.co.uk – also available at University Club, Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SZ.

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