All ages and fitness levels welcome! Class is held Monday and Wednesday from 4:00pm to 5:00pm Please wear a t-shirt with sleeves that can be tucked in, loose pants with a belt, and sneakers. Plan to arrive early for class to change your clothes, use the restroom, drink water, and take care of logistics. Arrive promptly, class will begin and end on time.
Class is $10 (drop-in) $80 for 10 classes Class is closed to observers. If you would like to watch Capoeira Angola, we suggest you come observe the roda, which is open to the public. RODA Roda is every 2nd Saturday of the month from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Roda is FREE and open to participants and observers. We advise practitioners to arrive early in preparation for the Capoeira ceremony. Please wear your academy uniform or a t-shirt with sleeves that can be tucked in, loose pants with a belt, and sneakers.
Capoeira Angola is an Afro-Brazilian martial dance with origins in central and west Africa. Its roots lie in the N’golo tradition in which two combatants, mimicking the movements of fighting zebras, would compete for a bride. The better warrior not only won the bride but was excused from paying a dowry. During the colonial era, this and other martial practices were up-rooted and transplanted to Brazil via the trans-Atlantic slave trade by the Portuguese. In Brazil, the art evolved with influences from different African tribes as well as from the indigenous culture of Brazil, and the effects of European colonialism. In Brazil, Capoeira was used as a means of liberation from societal and psychological constructs of slavery and colonial oppression. Capoeira Angola movements are offensive and defensive, and are primarily made up of kicks, sweeps, and escapes. The Capoeira ceremony takes place in a roda, circle in Portuguese, and is accompanied by music and song indicative of African martial arts. From the late 1800s until the 1930s, Capoeira, along with other African traditions, was abolished and its practitioners persecuted. Today, Capoeira is revered as the cultural treasure of Brazil.
Capoeira Muçurumim researches and disseminates information on the Islamic influences on Afro-Brazilian culture, particularly Capoeira Angola. Muçurumim is one of the Yoruban terms for an African Muslim, another is Malés. During the colonial era, Islam was suppressed because of the African Muslims involvement in the organization of the slave revolts in the Brazilian state of Bahia. Bahia has the largest population of African descendents outside of Africa. The Muslims that were not executed, or sent back to Africa, assimilated into other spiritual traditions thus directly and indirectly attributing to Afro-Brazilian culture. Capoeira Muçurumim acknowledges the different African cultures and spiritual traditions, including that of the Yoruba, Bantu, Ewes, Hausas, Fulanis, Asantes, Nupes and Malinkes, that have contributed to making Brazilian culture what it is today. Capoeira Muçurumim’s goal is to focus on the healing, martial, and dance aspects of Capoeira Angola and to use Capoeira as a forum to bridge cultural gaps, combat community violence, promote self-empowerment, and heal trauma.