HISTORY: The art of survival, of liberation, the art of game play: Capoeira was created by Africans brought to Brazil during the slave trade, today it is played throughout the world by a diverse community of practitioners. This Afro-Brazilian art form is a fusion of dance – martial arts – acrobatics – functional fitness and traditional music. Capoeira is a highly creative and expressive movement form with deep cultural roots and a complex history.
GAME PLAY: Capoeira is a fluid series of agile movements exchanged between two players. This graceful yet powerful mix of dance and martial arts is linked together to form a unique and organic game played in the roda. The roda is the circle where training manifests into strategic, improvised games between two practitioners. These games are an intricate exchange of circular and straight kicks, escapes, sweeps, takedowns, and gymnastic flourishes accompanied by the distinct sound of the Berimbau, Atabaque and Pandeiro. These traditional instruments and the original music and songs of Capoeira are vital to the practice and preservation of the art.
CURRICULUM: In a typical class, participants will do a cardiovascular warm up, stretch and train basic techniques alone and in partners. Classes focus on developing conditioning, flexibility, balance, movement quality and body awareness. Teachers help practitioners connect their rhythm, strength and flexibility into fluid body expression. Music is a fundamental part of Capoeira, students of all levels learn traditional instruments and songs.
YOUTH PROGRAM: Capoeira is an amazing art for kids of all ages. CB NeLA offers 3 levels of youth classes: TINY TOTS: Ages 3-5.5, Kids: Ages 6-10 and TWEENS & TEENS: Ages 10+. Age appropriate curriculum focuses on coordination, flexibility, rhythm, and core strength while bolstering confidence and developing leadership skills, discipline and respect.
TEACHERS: Capoeira Brasil Northeast LA is led by brown cords, Formanda Pavão and Formando Chegado. CB NeLA is extension of the international CB organization co-founded by renowned Capoeira teacher, Mestre Boneco.
COMMUNITY: CB NeLA is a diverse community whose mission is to train, preserve, and disseminate the transformational art of Capoeira. Classes times available for youth 3 and above, tweens, teens, and adults of all fitness and skill levels. CB NeLA is located at CounterBalance in Eagle Rock. CounterBalance is a boutique martial arts, fitness and body movement space curated by Pavão and Chegado, for more info: www.counterbalancela.com
TRY A CLASS: We offer BEGINNER and ALL LEVEL Adult Capoeira classes. First-timers are encouraged to attend Beginner classes but may also step into All Level classes and train alongside more advanced capoeiristas. Youth classes are divided into age groups. To start training, please email us for a reservation: email@example.com .
Because of COVID-19 safety protocols we do not accept DROP-INS.