Welcome to Capoeira. Now that you’ve completed your introductory lesson, you’re ready to begin a life-changing experience with the world’s most fascinating martial art. You’re ready to begin learning how training capoeira will stretch you both physically and mentally and how the lessons learned in the studio will help you find more success in all areas of your life.
Capoeira is so much more than kicking and punching. Imagine how much time and money
you'd have to invest to get individual martial arts, gymnastics, music, and dance classes. In capoeira, students receive the benefits of all
of these and more in one comprehensive course of study. Students learn to show respect for themselves and others, develop incredible discipline and unshakable confidence as they practice this exciting, but challenging sport.
Your introductory program is the first step.
Take some time to review the movements you learned in your intro lesson, especially the ginga. From the fundamentals program through upper levels and on to yellow cord, the ginga is the foundation of all capoeira movements.
What to expect in group classes
Just like capoeira itself, group classes will be a combination of martial arts, dance, acrobatics, and music training.
You can expect to feel a little overwhelmed at first, but don’t worry – this is absolutely normal. In a few classes,
especially as the ginga becomes more natural, you’ll find movements coming to you more easily. Don’t forget that everyone in the class
with you was once a new student too! The fundamentals course is a twelve-month curriculum, so students in the class with you will have
been training anywhere from about one month to a year.
O que faz um bom capoeirista?
You’ll learn a lot of Brazilian Portuguese as part of your capoeira training. Your first Portuguese lesson is to memorize the
phrase “o que faz um bom capoeirista?” Printed on the back wall of the capoeira studio, the English translation of the phrase is
two-part: “What makes a good capoeirista?” and “What does a good capoeirista do?” It takes a lot to make a good capoeirista – training in
movement, music, and language. In capoeira classes, we also work on developing focus, discipline, and respect. These character traits are
essential for success in this challenging martial art. We hope you’ll also frequently ask yourself “what does a good capoeirista do?” as
you also work to apply these principles in your academic pursuits, professional life, and personal relationships.