During a class, students challenge themselves by learning different kicks and movements while assimilating certain musical concepts by learning certain instruments and percussions.
All classes target the following:
-Increase in muscle strength, flexibility and coordination
- Awareness in space (spatial perception)
-Leadership skills and independence
-Confidence and self-esteem
-Respect, discipline and control
-The work and team spirit
-Sharing and respecting others
- Overcome obstacles and challenges
-The setting of objectives and achievements
The formation of a Capoeira Student
In the first months of training, the student learns and practices several different Capoeira movements.
Basic Movements (First corda/belt):
-Esquivas (de frente, paralela, lateral)
-Meia lua de frente
-Meia Lua de Compasso
Performing these movements to the best of everyone's ability is the goal. All of the classes are taught in a way where individual attention is put forward so that no one feels left behind from others.
In the following months, the student continues to develop his skills. The student works on the same kicks and movements, however he is aware of two fundamental concepts: precision and accuracy. Each student learns to excel in the “roda” (circle in which Capoeira is played) by constant practice and by the application of pointed advice: namely, where to look during the execution of the movements, what is the positioning of the appropriate body and how to interact with another student while playing Capoeira. In addition to the physical side of the training, the student begins to learn about the history of Capoeira.
Since music is an integral part of Capoeira, each student becomes familiar with three main instruments; the "berimbau", the "pandeiro" and the "atabaque". At this stage of the training, the student also learns to sing in Portuguese. In addition to providing a form of creative expression to the student, musical training helps the physical aspects of learning Capoeira. As they become familiar with the music and the rhythm, the student's movements become more fluid and comfortable.
A student who continues to learn Capoeira for more than a year will reap many long-term benefits. Students progress in their physical training by learning new movements and more advanced sequences of movements that they are already familiar with. A deepening of acrobatic figures is also planned in the long term. The student also begins to understand the meaning of certain songs in Portuguese, in addition to deepening his knowledge of the history and culture of Capoeira and by extension of Brazil.
In addition to the physical benefits derived from regular exercise, the student develops a number of social benefits. Students develop lasting friendships with other students in their Capoeira class and also learn to interact with people outside of their home, school or workplace. The student therefore increases his level of confidence and self-esteem. He also learns to interact with others as a member of a team in which each member supports and respects the other.