Capoeira combines the gracefulness of dancing with the toughness of dancing in the middle of a boxing match. Bust a move with this Groupon.
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- $29 for five capoeira classes ($125 value)
- $39 for ten capoeira classes ($250 value)
Instructors teach the Afro-Brazilian martial art of capoeira – which blends one part dance with one part self-defense – six days a week. Classes focus on learning basic movements, honing new techniques, and enhancing coordination. Students also participate in practice matches, spinning, somersaulting, kicking, and dodging while a circle of peers, called a roda, claps to keep the rhythm of the dance.
Clad in white, yellow, and green uniforms, the capoeiristas stand in a circle, drumming, clapping, or playing instruments to help keep time for the duo at the center of their formation. These two performers circle each other, tumbling and kicking, seeing how fast they can go without ever striking their counterpart. Though the pace is fast and the potential blows powerful, the match is more festive than ferocious, its participants playful instead of pugilistic. This combination of physicality and fun forms the core Capoeira Resistencia's teaching philosophy, and curricula of its every class.
More than self-defense or athleticism, the gym's instructors teach students to embrace experimentation and confidence through the art of capoeira. They help students master the art's basic movements—which generally resemble a more measured form of breakdancing—before layering in new techniques, pushing each pupil towards a state of lithe flexibility and physical strength along the way.
“Such a supportive environment. The children learn not only martial arts, but teamwork, tumbling, dance, music and Portuguese. A wonderful, unique experience.”