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Capoeira: Martial Arts with Music, Dance and Acrobatics

capoeiraI saw the movie “Only the Strong” where an instructor decides to teach Capoeira to troubled inner city high school students.  This was my first introduction to a brazilian martial art that incorporate music, rythmn, and fighting practice into one art form.  I found a local Capoeira Club in San Jose within a couple of weeks.  I started attending regularly and got my first belt in that year. My new friends and I would go to night clubs for dancing and form circles to “battle”  (show off) against the “street dancers”.  When I moved away from this first club,  I started my own club by hiring a Mestre (“instructor”) who travel from Sacramento to Grass Valley a couple of times a week.  We held classes in a dance room above the Center for the Performing Arts.  I got my second belt the following year.


Capoeira was as immersive as it gets and such a fit for me.  In a “hoda” circle we sang portugeese songs, played drums and string instruments while two fighters danced in a musical acrobatics with continuous rotation way . . . legs and arms wailing just missing the opponent as this was a “no contact” support.  I had no idea that this multisensory activity spoke to and improved my neurological condition.  It was fun, it was a group of athletics, it was truly a performing art.  Every young and old with learning disability should look at martial arts and my personal favorite,  Capoeira.  Capoeira is motion therapy with sensory integration.

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