Capoeira Club

What is Capoeira?

CAPOEIRA (pronounced ka-poo-eyh-rah) is an Afro-Brazilian martial art bringing together fighting techniques, acrobatics, dance, percussion, and songs, in a rhythmic dialogue of body, mind, and spirit. It is a game played by two people inside a circle (’roda’), formed by other players, who establish a rhythm for the game by clapping, singing and playing traditional instruments.

Where does it come from?

Capoeira was developed in Brazil by enslaved Africans. The exact history of the art is unclear, but most people believe that it emerged over three hundred years of slavery in Brazil. Since the 1500s, many Africans were taken from different areas of West Africa and brought to Brazil to be kept as slaves by the Portuguese. They were taken from their land, but their culture and desire for freedom could not be taken away. Out of their passion for freedom, Afro-Brazilians began developing techniques for defending themselves and for escaping bondage.

Capoeira benefits

Capoeira has many benefits, it will help build your physical strength, flexibility and coordination but will also help you boost your self-confidence and creativity.  

Capoeira is a celebration of the joys of movement, music, physical expression, and strategy. Today’s students, like the earliest practitioners of Capoeira, learn to translate struggles into celebrations, to believe in their abilities, and to understand the richness of sharing with others.

Our Capoeira school welcome people from all abilities, ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and genders. And if you want to see what our latest event looked like, have a look here!

Black History Month

As part of Black History Month, we are offering every Tuesday class for FREE until the end of December 2021. People are free to attend the Tuesday class on a weekly basis until the end of the year.
If you wish to attend more than one class, drop-in price is £8 per class for staff and £6 per class for students.

Capoeira classes

Classes are open to all levels and beginner friendly. There is no fitness level required to start our capoeira classes.
Classes take place:

-          Every Tuesday 18:30 to 20:00 (free)

-          Every Thursday* (study hall) 18:30 to 20:00

-          Every Saturday 10:30 to 12:00

*Please note our Thursday class is not a structured class like Tuesday/ Saturday. The study hall allows students to warm up together but then train what they feel like, independently (alone or as a group) whether it is previous techniques, moves, music, singing, stretching, etc. The study hall is supervised by a higher belt to provide advice, training tips or just to play with other students!

How to join the classes

Please drop Lise an email or turn up to class on the day!

St Luke’s Church
Main entrance via the double red doors on Church Street
Bristol BS5 9FB


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