Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art which was disguised as dance. Developed by African slaves in the 16th century, Capoeira is one of Brazilians most famous cultural heritage. Capoeira combines power kicks and quick leg sweeps, with some ground and aerial acrobatics, knee strikes, take-downs, elbow strikes, punches and headbutts. One of the important elements in Capoeira is the flowing energy, which is given by the rhythm of Brazilian and African music instruments, always accompanying a Capoeira game.
"Capoeira is like playing chess, but instead of moving chessmen, you're moving your body," says Instructor Zumbi, a native Brazilian, and leader of the Capoeira group in Nyack, NY. Capoeira gives it's practisioner multiple benefits: coordination, balance, strength, body control and expression, flexibility, agility and the most important - fun!
Try it our yourself and join us for a Capoeira class with instructor Zumbi. Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared for some fun moves! For more information and the current class schedule, please visit www.brazilianperformingarts.com.