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About Our Classes

These classes focus on guiding participants in learning the art of Capoeira Angola, a traditional folk-sport 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 Contra Mestre Pererê for 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 strength, flexibility, stamina, 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!

About Our Kids Classes

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.

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Class Times and Locations

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

Adult classes (ages 14 and up):
People of all skill and fitness levels are welcome to come try a class. Pay a drop-in fee of $10 per class, or a monthly fee of $50 for as many classes as you'd like.

Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30PM
Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30pm
Saturdays from 10:00AM-12:00PM*

*We have rodas every Saturday from 11:00am-12:00pm as part of our class. On days when the weather is nice we sometimes have these rodas at various outdoor public locations, so please let us know beforehand if you plan on attending a class! Thanks! Also, anyone is welcome to come watch for free if they'd like!

Kids Classes (ages 8-13)
Kids classes are $50 per month. If you are unsure whether you want to commit to a month of classes you can pay a $10 per class drop-in fee for the first month.

Thursdays from 6:00-7:00PM
Saturdays from 11:00am-12:00pm*

*Saturdays are when we have our rodas. Kids who attend the Thursday class will be welcome to come participate in our rodas with the rest of the group.

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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