Capoeira Game

Capoeira is a complete form of exercise requiring you to use physical, mental and emotional agility, putting together high kicks and spectacular acrobatics whilst moving about in a form of dance to try and trick your opponent.
Blending these elements of speed, flexibility and strength you can give your body a complete form of exercise as well as have fun and meet new friends.

Students are encouraged to learn all aspects of Capoeira. These include singing, clapping in rhythm, playing musical instruments, acrobatics and of course Capoeira’s unique self defense movements. Successful combination of all these elements makes the difference between an average player and a good Capoeirista.

The emphasis is not on how well you can do a certain part of Capoeira but how much energy you put into all the elements to create a complete game. So have a go and have fun!
There are many different aspects in Capoeira which when used together make up the Capoeira Game. Capoeira is much more than two people engaging in a physical type of combat. A game of Capoeira takes place inside a circle of Musicians, Players and Singers who are setting the speed and the feel of the game with their music and song. The players must be in time with the music and with each other. They must respect the type of Rhythm being played by the Berimbau (the lead instrument in Capoeira). Capoeira has many different types of Rhythms which in turn are different types of Games with different rules and manner in which they are played. What makes the game of Capoeira exciting is the energy that everyone puts into it.

There are a number of different rhythms in capoeira that define the speed of the game being played. Capoeira games can range from being extremely slow and dance-like to fast and powerful martial arts.

The roda (Capoeira Circle) becomes alive, as everyone’s energy focuses on the centre, giving the players a boost of physical energy and gives them the emotion for the game being played.

Many other martial arts or dance disciplines have incluenced capoeira directly or indirectly over the years. Karate, TaeKwondo and Jiu jitsu provided many of the kicking styles and acrobatics, more extreme acrobatics come from gymnastics and much of the flexibility regimes come from yoga.

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