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WHAT IS CAPOEIRA?
Capoeira is a Brazilian art form which combines fight, dance, rhythm and movement. Capoeira is a dialog between players - a conversation through movement which can take on many shades of meaning.  The details of capoeira's origins and early history are still a matter of debate among historians, but it is clear that african slaves played a crucial role in the development of the artform.  Some historians claim that slaves used capoeira's dance-like appearance as a way to hide their training of combat and self defense.
 
The uniqueness of Capoeira will give your body physical strength, power and flexibility and your mind self-confidence, concentration, courage and creativity.  I’ve heard many people say that Capoeira is one of the best things that happened in their life. However, the only way to truly understand the magnetism of Capoeira is to see it and try it yourself.
 
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Mestre Pinga Fogo

Capoeira benefits:
 
  • Good for agility and fast reflexes: Capoeira is all about reacting quickly to evade, trick or 'attack' your opponent. Regular practice builds fast reflexes and superior agility
  • Enhances flexibility: Unlike many sports and activities, capoeira takes the body in all directions. It bends, twists, curls and stretches, developing mobility throughout the joints and muscles
  • Boosts heart: Weight-bearing movement in all directions is demanding on the cardiovascular system, increasing stamina. One hour of capoeira burns around 500 calories
  • Improves balance: Research from the University of Minnesota shows that the coordination of upper and lower body movements, as well as moves that require balancing on one leg or hand, enhance coordination
  • Strengthens upper body: Many of the moves, including handstands and cartwheels, require taking the body's full weight through the hands, so strengthening upper arms, chest, shoulders and back.
 
Capoeira is fun…so enjoy it!