WHAT IS CAPOEIRA?
Capoeira (pronounced CAÁ-PUÉRA) is a fusion of combat, music, songs, and dance. With a deep routed history starting with the black slavery in Brazil this unique martial art emerged. It is unique to other martial arts in its fluid movements. It could not be classified as a 'dance' due to its kicks and blows, that when used in self-defence could be potentially lethal. It cannot really even be classified as a 'martial' art, as the method of teaching rarely involves practicing rigid movements, rather a variety of techniques are used - namely playing Capoeira with others.
Capoeira is a Combat Dance that is around 500 years old, originating predominantly from Brazil. It’s a game of skill that combines self-defence fighting techniques, acrobatics, dance and music. Capoeira is characterised by the players’ acrobatic ability, physical skill, flexibility and strength. The infectious musical rhythm to which capoeira is practiced injects a fluidity and grace to this powerful art. It is a way of life for many people around the world today; it must be seen to be believed, played to be appreciated and embraced to be loved…
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A CLASS?
Generally classes concentrate on improving your technique and fitness. Students will be expected to push themselves, study hard, and most importantly have fun. Classes are organized so that both beginners to Capoeira as well as more experienced students can take part, and people of all ages.
Each class will focus on a particular movement or sequence of movements, and if there is enough time and a large enough group of people, will finish with a roda. Friday's are usually devoted to a group roda.
Madeira has been teaching in the UK since early 2002. From the Muzenza instructors currently teaching in the UK Madeira is the earliest still running classes based in London, with some days of the week in Kent. He has observed a transition of a large number of instructors from all background and has observed the evolution of capoeira in the UK. His classes focus on all aspects of Capoeira, from the fight to the history and philosphy, from the art to the music and dance. Most of his current classes are focused in central London and in Kent. Madeira also runs a successful program teaching Capoeira to young and disadvantaged children.