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$19 for Four Women's Self-Defense Classes ($100 Value)
Students learn the historical Brazilian art of self-defense that incorporates dance moves, spinning kicks, and clapping. The women’s capoeira self-defense class runs Monday–Friday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Maculele Miami Brazilian Arts Institute
African slaves in Brazil invented capoeira in the 1600’s to fight back against their oppressors. To keep the defensive art a secret, they masked their lessons as dance with clapping and singing. Over time, the forbidden martial art grew in popularity and became Brazil’s national sport. The Maculele Miami Brazilian Arts Institute promotes the practice of capoeira and healthy living through workshops and cultural performances. Mestre Fran began practicing capoeira at the age of 10, in São Paulo, Brazil. During his career, he has founded capoeira academies around the world, taught the sport to impoverished children, and performed capoeira to spread awareness of the fighting art. Husband and wife team, Professor Cavalo and Instructora Venus both began training in capoeira at age 16 and teach classes at the Institute. During classes they help students learn how to perform spinning kicks and flips that can help relieve stress, improve health, and give people a new way to take down dust bunnies.