For some students at Capo Capoeira, the machines at the gym were too boring. For others, yoga wasn’t cardio enough. And for most, the idea of getting a great workout while moving in rhythm, playing music and learning a martial art seemed too good to be true. That is what the devotees of capoeira have been trying to tell people for years.
Capoeira is a centuries old martial art that combines Brazilian music and dance with self-defense. The ”combatants” don’t actually try to hurt or even touch each other. Although the advanced flips and kicks of capoeira demand training, agility and skills, anyone can practice it and “play” capoeira.
While students are encouraged to improve, the emphasis in class is not on fighting to win, or besting your opponent, or being the finest athlete. Rather, it’s on building and being part of a community, gaining confidence and becoming a better person — something the typical Spinning class doesn’t offer.
The beauty of capoeira is that you don’t have to be in ultimate shape to enjoy it or benefit from it. Kicks, spins and flips are just part of what make up the animated, beautiful sport. You don’t have to be young or flexible, and no, you don’t have to be coordinated. Nor do you have to be Brazilian, speak Portuguese or know how to stand on your head to do capoeira. It is a well-rounded workout that works the body through high-intensity interval training and resistance training, making it ideal for weight loss and keeping the body and heart in top shape. And of course, it is above everything else… fun and challenging.
Capo Capoeira student, 34, describes being “bitten” by capoeira the first time she observed it about a year ago: “The music, the energy — it was very playful,” says the mother of three. “I started training almost every day, and I’ve lost 40 pounds. I wasn’t even trying to lose weight. Everybody’s been so supportive, it’s made me want to keep coming. This is like my second home.”
Capo Capoeira offers classes to kids as young as 3 years of age, up to 12. Teens and adult classes are also offered daily and cover all levels.