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- $50 for four weeks of unlimited adult capoeira classes ($140 value)
- $25 for four weeks of kids or youth capoeira classes ($60 value)
Capoeira: A Fight for Freedom
Born from the oppression of slavery, capoeira is a liberating blend of dance, martial arts, and acrobatics. Check out Groupon’s history of this popular Afro-Brazilian art form.
Like the fluid movement of its players, capoeira is difficult to pin down. Part martial art and part musical performance, capoeira is both entertainment and ammunition. It can include everything from acrobatics to deft kicks that deliberately miss an opponent by mere inches. Though there are varying styles, capoeira is traditionally performed by two players within a roda, a ring of people who surround the fighters and cheer them on with handclaps and songs.
Capoeira’s history is an amalgam of legend and fact, but experts chart its existence back to the slave ships of the Middle Passage, which carried millions of Africans to the shores of Brazil under the direction of the Portuguese crown. Dreaming of retaliation and freedom, the slaves developed a means of self-defense disguised as dance, tucking razor blades between their toes to deliver blows with sweeping leg and foot movements. As slavery disappeared, so, too, did the blades, and the martial art evolved into the current blend of dance, music, and improvisation that defines capoeira today.
In Ring of Liberation: Deceptive Discourse in Brazilian Capoeira, J. Lowell Lewis describes capoeira as a form of play brought about precisely because of its roots in slavery. Capoeira and other New World art forms created in the wake of slavery, including jazz music, “embody this joyous sense of potential for liberation, which is especially intense when it comes from an intimate experience of oppression.” And, like jazz, much of capoeira is improvised, which “demands maximum creativity on the part of the players.”
<h4>A Chat with Capoeira Guanabara New York</h4>
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Burn at least 1000 calories during this 2 hour class, and gain strength, flexibility, endurance, stamina and self defense skills. All while learning a new culture and language. A great and fun way to get in shape.
Is your location strictly for adults, or can kids participate as well?
Our adult class is open to ages 12 and over.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We wanted to make martial arts accessible and available to athletes and non athletes alike. We've created an inclusive environment where you can learn the art and grow as a martial artist regardless of your physical ability or limitations.
What do you love most about your job?
Seeing my students grow and improve is the best part.