Capoeira has always been rich and beautiful. We find everything in capoeira: life philosophy, self-defense, art and culture. We find part of religion in capoeira if we seek it. The word religion means ‘to re-link oneself,’ so everything to which we link ourselves would be a religion. We shouldn’t learn capoeira in order to cause trouble with it, but instead use it in the hour of defense when necessary. After all, in its life philosophy capoeira is love, celebration, and also joy.

Joao Pequeno

What is Capoeira?

Capoeira is a game between two people. It’s like a game fight to music with skill, strategy, dance, and acrobatics. Playing capoeira involves a spontaneous and spectacular exchange of non-contact attacking and defensive movements, where the two players try to create an opportunity to trick, trip or kick their partner. There is no official winner but players and spectators will each decide who played the best game!

Capoeira combines dance, martial arts, music, drama, acrobatics, socialising and much more. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian artform that was born out of the struggle for freedom of the slaves in Brazil. It’s origins are old although now it has evolved and spread across the world in a variety of styles (see Cultural London and capoeira).

 

What do classes involve?

Capoeira classes consist of the following:

  • Movement – physical training that develops defending and attacking movements that incorporate acrobatics and dance.
  • Music – playing percussion instruments and singing Brazilian capoeira songs.
  • Game strategy – understanding the capoeira game and developing mental strategy, intuition and trickery.
  • Cultural understanding – knowledge and appreciation of capoeira’s history and Afro-Brazilian roots, and an awareness of how capoeira has evolved and exists around the world today.

Cultural London and capoeira

It’s difficult to find any culture not represented in London’s busy streets or quiet suburbs.  A wide diversity of age, race, colour and culture is here and has claimed a little piece of London as its own.  This now includes Capoeira.
Capoeira has been here continually since the late 80’s and has many different styles, groups and flavours.  A unique scene has developed that can see masters, teachers, students, friends and family joining together from different groups to play this Brazilian fight game. Great contribution has been made by the street rodas of Brick Lane, Camden Lock, Liverpool Street and Southbank.
Capoeira is here. It’s being played in the streets, it’s being used in contemporary dance, it influences film, street dance and other fighting systems, and it is practised by many to help balance their normal life.
London’s diversity can now be seen within its own capoeira scene.

News

End of Year Capoeira Roda

Please join us for a day of Capoeira, dance, food and drinks

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Free Trial Capoeira Class Tuesdays

Tuesdays 8 – 9pm SPACe Gym 31 Falkirk street N1 6HF

This is an open class that welcomes new people.  Please wear clothes suitable for exercise.

***Come and Try*** Free 1st day Trial – every Tuesday

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Contact 07779 031273

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Capoeira music class

Thursdays 7 – 9pm

Rhodes Community Hall Kirkland Walk
Rhodes Estate E8

Bring a berimbau if you have one

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Urban Ritual Social Night 22nd June

URBAN RITUAL & CUBAN DANCE NIGHT

Monthly get together

177 Hoxton Street
London, United Kingdom N1 6PJ

6:30 – Roda – Dance – finish 12 midnight

 

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Events

Workshop Contra Mestre Xandao

19th July @ Rhodes Cummunity Centre Kirkland Walk E8

£10

 

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Havana Cuba Easter 2018 – Afro Cuban dance holiday

Intensive training in the Afro-Cuban dance styles yoruba Elegua, Ososhi, Bantu Palo, Makuta, Yuka, Rumba, Salsa, Son amongst them

Visits & Parties

dont miss this chance to visit Havana Cuba

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www.afrocubandancefestival.com

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Urban Ritual March 6th June 2015

Urban Ritual – Open Capoeira roda in London

Free Entry

With Class/Roda/Dance

1st Saturday each month.

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“Apart from a skill, it also lays down rules which benefits those taking part. It offers positive benefits through developing respect for others. It’s also great fun.”

Andrew Boff. Greater London Authority

“It’s a group thing – we all learn off each other”

Musician, male, 38yrs

Capoeira is treachery

 

Mestre Bimba

“Capoeira is a riddle and there is no answer.”

Capoeira student

“Entering into training or a roda, nothing else matters, everyone is equal and everyone shares the same experiences.”

East London Capoeira Student

Life is a struggle? Life is a battle?
 The player sees that capoeira is teaching him to dance within and during this fight.

Nestor Capoeira

“I like capoeira because it is a full body workout, I feel strong. When I play I feel excited and motivated. I would tell anyone considering capoeira to join…its good.”

male 17 years old

“Capoeira reminds me who I am, and reminds me of my uniqueness and what I can do with it.”

ELC student