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Latest Updates (September, 2015) We are back to our usual ongoing classes and pricing. Contact us if you'd like to drop in for a class! We are still offering discounts for family/group sign ups, so bring someone with you!

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About Us

We are a small but dedicated group that is part of Vadiação de Oxossi. Our mission is in guiding participants in learning the art of Capoeira Angola, a traditional folk activity with elements of self-defense, music, acrobatics, dance, etc. Classes are taught by instuctors Rato and Pensador, both of whom have studied this tradition under the guidance of Mestre Pererê for well over a decade. Together they provide challenging and fun lessons to both completely new students as well as experienced players. Skills that are taught include graceful kicks, slippery body-twisting escapes, jaw-dropping acrobatic flourishes, etiquette for playing the game, strategies for winning the game, how to play and sing traditional Capoeira Angola music, and exercises for keeping your game sharp.

Some of the many benefits of practicing this art include:

-Acquiring physical mobility, strength, endurance, coordination and gracefulness
-Relief of stress, improved mood, and all other health benefits of aerobic/cardiovascular exercise and strength training
-Development of musical skills
-Skills and context with which to play, train, and interact with other players around the world
-Exposure to the Portuguese language, as well as history and cultural context of Capoeira Angola
-Practical and efficient strategies for self-defense practiced in a safe environment
-Cultivating greater awareness of one's body and surroundings while remaining relaxed and playful
-An opportunity to unlock potential you may not have considered and do things you never thought you could
-The opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and perspectives from a centuries-old tradition.
-Having a ridiculous amount of fun!

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Class Offerings

All classes are held at Benson Community Center at 6008 Maple Street.

Fundamentals of Capoeira Angola (ages 14 and up):
Cost: $50 per month or $10 single day drop-in (see below for discounts)
Tuesdays 6:00pm-7:30pm Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm

These classes are for brand new students as well as experienced students who would like to develop and refine their knowledge/skills of the fundamentals of our tradition. Each class is tailored to the various experience levels of each student, providing a uniquely unforgettable experience, as well as a solid foundation in the art should they decide to pursue it further. Students who regularly attend and train independently will develop the skills and knowledge to interact with other capoeira players around the world and be invited to participate in more advanced ongoing training if they want to continue practicing this art.

These classes consist of:

-discussions of what Capoeira Angola is, as well as history and concepts that form the basis of it's practice.
- music practice where students learn traditional rhythms, songs, as well as the contexts in which they are played/sung
-guidance in learning movements, techniques, and strategies to set up the foundation of a solid jogo (game).
-Physically challenging yet accessible training and conditioning regardless of one's fitness level that will guide students to cultivating greater mobility, strength, and endurance inside the roda, which will translate to greater mobility in daily life.

Fundamentals of Capoeira Angola For Youth and Family (ages 8-13 + family members)
Cost: $50 per month or $10 single day drop in (see below for discounts)
Thursdays 6:00pm-7:00pm Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm

Capoeira Angola is an excellent activity for kids! These classes give kids the opportunity to learn Capoeira movements, music, and gameplay in a fun way. This not only provides great physical exercise, but is also an excellent way for them to interact with other kids in a setting that values respectful yet playful competition as well as cooperation. These classes also explore Capoeira music and song, giving students a chance to build a foundation in musical skills as well as exposure to another language and culture. Parents of our students have reported their kids being more focused, more social, and less hyper after attending our classes regularly. Parents and other family members are welcome to come learn with their kids in these classes in addition to the regular Fundamentals classes and rodas.

If you'd like to attend a class or have questions, email Rato at or call us at 402-547-8327.


Group rates: sign up with friends or family members and share a discount. $50 for the first person, then subtract 20% for each additional friend or family member (for example: parent and two kids: first family member: $50, 2nd family member: $40, 3rd family member $30, total cost: $120). Does not apply to single day drop-ins.

Other options for prospective students, visiting capoeira players, and or people who would like to learn more:

Rodas: FREE! The roda is the game-ritual that all of our classes and programs are geared towards preparing students to participate in. The roda is a circle comprised of players and onlookers with a row of musicians at one side. Two players enter the circle and utilize their skills and wit to outmaneuver one another. Our rodas are always free for anyone to come watch, or for visiting capoeira players to participate in. This is really the best way to become acquainted with what our tradition involves.

Drop-in classes: Tuesdays and Saturdays fundamentals classes are available for $10 per class. Occasional drop-ins are for prospective students who want to see what classes are like before signing up, or for people who just want to experiment with new ways of moving or get some exposure to traditional capoeira music. Visiting capoeira students are also welcome to do drop-in classes if they would like to experience training in our group.

Private training: if none of our classes fit your schedule or you would just like to have a one-on-one or small group training with our instructors, private sessions are available for $50 per person for a 90-minute session.

If you would like to attend a class or have any questions please email us at: or call Tommy at (402)-547-8327

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Other Learning Opportunities

Here are some other learning opportunities that we offer besides our regular ongoing classes:

Demonstrations - Usually consists of a roda (which includes movement and music) and possibly some discussion. A great way to introduce a group of people to this tradition.

Workshops - Workshops can last from one hour to many hours and can focus on any aspect of the art such as fundamental movements, music, or both.

Introductory Courses - These are usually once or twice a week and last 4 or more weeks. They are designed to give students enough knowledge and skills to fully participate in a roda.

Private Lessons - This is mostly for people who are really eager to learn Capoeira but unable to make it to any of our regular classes.

If you are interested in any of these and would like more information, contact us or call Tommy at (402)-547-8327

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Recommended Reading

Vadiação de Oxossi - Capoeira Angola, Nature Studies & Bushcraft
This is the newly launched website for our organization. There is not a lot of material on here yet, but its got a nice description of what the group is all about as well as some excellent photos from our most recent gathering.

Capoeira Angola Essays & Interviews by Contra Mestre Pererê:

Capoeira Angola - a Primer for Beginner Students
Excellent reading material for beginners and experienced players alike. An excellent introduction to the art.

Capoeira Angola - The Art of the Approach
Commentary on danger as it relates to Capoeira Angola and advice for how to approach a Capoeira Angola roda.

Capoeira On the Periphery
An interview that Contra Mestre Pererê did with Mestre Nô in 2003.

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Recommended Videos

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Buy a Gunga!

Berimbaus By Pererê

Check out some amazing instruments crafted by our Mestre, and place an order if you'd like. He's got everything from plain and simple to fully decked out tribal awesomeness!.

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