Our Organization:  CAPOEIRA BRASIL

Capoeira Brasil is an international cultural organization, dedicated to the preservation and evolution of the art of Capoeira. Founded in 1989 in Rio de Janeiro, by mestres (masters) Boneco, Paulão and Paulinho Sabía, the group has contributed immensely to the worldwide growth of Capoeira, introducing the art to people all over the world.  With schools in over 25 countries spanning six continents, Capoeira Brasil is an ambassador of Brazilian culture and an innovator in the art of Capoeira.

Capoeira Brasil Los Angeles (CBLA) and Benção Brasil

CBLA is dedicated to working in the community, using the art of Capoeira and Brazilian culture to enrich the lives of youth and families throughout Los Angeles.  Capoeira is where martial arts, fitness, and culture meet.  In partnership with the non-profit organization, Benção Brasil, CBLA offers after school enrichment programs; Capoeira-physical education classes for elementary, middle, and high school students; cultural performances; training scholarships; camps; cultural trips; and special workshops.  CBLA and Benção Brasil also run a FREE COMMUNITY CAPOEIRA program in Highland Park and in Mid-City.  The FREE COMMUNITY CAPOEIRA program allows individuals of all ages to learn the art and begin their journey as a capoerista free of charge! It is our mission to teach Capoeira throughout Southern California, providing youth and families the opportunity to train and develop a creative and cultural physical outlet. Our programming helps to battle childhood obesity, brings families together, and keeps youth engaged; Capoeira is a healthy addiction, a great alternative to drugs, gangs, and violence.

The Origin of Capoeira

Capoeira is a fluid series of agile, acrobatic, and martial movements linked together to form a unique and organic game. The graceful physical dialogue happens in the RODA, the circle where training manifests into strategic games between two players. These “games” are an intricate exchange of circular and straight kicks, escapes, sweeps, takedowns, and gymnastic flourishes accompanied by traditional music.

The art of Capoeira began its development over 500 years ago during the South American slave trade in Brasil. The fusion of African and indigenous cultures during the colonial period produced the perfect climate for the development this unique and complex art form. Africans, stripped of their freedom and tribal identity, meshed the music, culture, and traditions of their diverse tribes, creating a new and distinctive Afro-Brazilian identity. Capoeira was a fundamental element of their lives in the New World.

For hundreds of years Capoeira was outlawed, considered an unsavory and vulgar practice by the oppressive ruling elite. Practitioners of the art were marginalized and if caught, imprisoned. Despite the criminalization of the art, capoeiristas continued to meet and train in secret.

Capoeira 1930-the Present

In the 1930s a forward looking capoeirista and champion pugilist name Manoel dos Reis Machado better known as MESTRE BIMBA, initiated a pivotal new era in the art of Capoeira. He developed a more objective style, precise training sequences, and innovative techniques; a new genre of Capoeira was being born. Mestre Bimba took primitive Capoeira, today commonly referred to as Capoeira Angola, elements of an African leg-strike dance called Batuque, and concepts from various martial arts and created what is now known as Capoeira Regional. Because of his tireless work, Capoeira was removed from the penal code in 1937.

Through the work of Mestre Bimba, his Capoeira disciples and other influential mestres and Capoeira groups, the art has spread and evolved into an international sport and cultural phenomenon. Today Capoeira is popular with millions of kids, teenagers, and adults across six continents.

The founding mestres of Capoeira Brasil:  M. Boneco, M. Paulinho Sabia, and M. Paulão, come from a strong lineage and a powerful tradition of teachers leading back to Mestre Bimba.  All three were long time members of one of the oldest and most revered Capoeira organizations, Grupo Senzala, and trained under the innovative Mestre Camisa.  In 1989 they moved on to found their own group and continue their work as influential teachers and ambassadors of the art.

Capoeira Brasil practices a variation of Capoeira know as Capoeira Regional Contemporânea (Contemporary Capoeira Regional). Our style, derived from the movements and sequences defined by the legendary Mestre Bimba, reflect the evolutions and influences of the mestres of Capoeira Brasil.

Capoeira first developed as a clandestine cultural practice, a martial art disguised as dance, a means of self-empowerment and cultural liberation for enslaved Africans. Throughout the last two centuries it has evolved into an urban phenomenon and way of life. Once known as the art of survival, Capoeira is now everywhere; you see its legacy in the fitness industry, in youth and community programs, in schools and universities, and in the arts. Capoeira has inspired millions and today continues to grow: get fit, get strong, get culture!




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Monday 11am-12pm  All Level Adults (Beginners Welcome)
Tuesday 4:00 – 4:30pm Tiny Tots Kids (Ages 3-5)
4:30-5:30pm Kids (Ages 6-10)
5:30-5:30pm Tweens & Teens (Ages 11+)
6:30 – 8:00pm  All Level Adults (Beginners Welcome)
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Thursday 4:00 – 4:30pm Tiny Tots Kids (Ages 3-5)
4:30-5:30pm Kids (Ages 6-10)
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6:30 – 8:00pm  All Level Adults (Beginners Welcome)
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Saturday 9-10am Kids
10-11:15am Tweens & Teens
11:15am-12:30pm All Level Adults (Beginners Welcome)

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