The gritty realities of life have proven that the best way to fend off rival street gangs, tornadoes, and rampaging howler monkeys is a well-choreographed dance number. Fight fitness doldrums with today's moving-and-shaking deal: for $25, you get one month of unlimited introductory classes from the Capoeira Arts Foundation in Berkeley, a $120 value.
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of song, dance, and ritualized fighting that is centered on a physical game called jogo de capoeira. Like Spock and Kirk forced to fight by a threatening tribunal of bearded men, two players dance around each other in the center of a circle, exchanging movements of attack and defense in a constant, heart-pumping flow. Both players attempt to control the space by confusing their opponent, although no intentional contact is made or harm done—unlike sticks and stones with hurtful words carved into them. The observers in the circle play a variety of traditional Brazilian instruments and sing, setting the pace and beat of the dance-fight. Explore the schedule to find times during the week that work for you; additional classes are held at 7 a.m. by appointment only. Each session will immerse you in the flips, feints, kicks, and songs of capoeira.
The Capoeira Arts Foundation was founded by Mestre Acordeon to preserve and promote the art of capoeira while simultaneously enriching its existence with the introduction of new devotees. The energetic style is both a fun and invigorating way to revivify a stymied fitness routine, since the combat-infused dancing taps into innate human aggression while controlling instincts with ritualized manners and movements. Use newly acquired tactics and moves to challenge and intimidate an opposing coworker vying for the last muffin in the break room.
- Beautiful and fluid movement, infectious music, acrobatics. Just go check out any one of the classes--it's sooooo worth it! – Angella S., Yelp
- You are my Brazilian home away from home, my piece of Salvador in the Bay Area, the agua in my coco, the queijo in my quente! I walked in the door thinking it was just a Brazilian themed coffee shop, and then further beyond the cafe I saw what was umistakeably a capoeira space. – Leme L., Yelp
- if you know anything about capoeira, then you know mestre acordeon. regardless of your preferences he is pioneer of capoeira in the united states and has been teaching here for 30 years. – Gamura G., Yelp
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