BEGINNERS COURSE

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Ages 16+

This is our introduction to Capoeira course. Different age groups, fitness levels, and backgrounds all come together to challenge themselves and learn this incredible art form.

Capoeira can look very intimidating through internet research. This class aims to completely demystify that and show you that anyone can learn this art form! The course consists of 6 classes introducing you to the basic movements of Capoeira (kicks, dodges & simple acrobatics), and the different instruments and musical aspects of the art. The final week is a graduation week where you play in your first Roda!

After this course you will be confident and very able to jump right into our regularly scheduled classes!

COURSE OUTLINE

This course is foundational and we recommend trying to not to miss a class, as we build upon the knowledge from week to week. If you do have to miss a session, or want to review anything, we include a digital video re-cap after each class that goes straight into your inbox!

The course will cover some basic movement patterns such as the “Ginga”, we will introduce you to four basic esquivas (dodges) and kicks, as well as a few simple, and accessible, acrobatic elements.

The goal of the course is to actually play Capoeira in the final week. This can sound scary at first, but it simply means you’ll be able to apply all the things you’ve learned in a no pressure and friendly environment.

Although we have an overall structure in mind, we will be modifying the class in order to better pace it to the attendees. Capoeira is a life long exploration of movement, so if we cover a little more or a little less it’s ok, is a drop in the bucket in the grand scheme.

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Week 1

Introduction to the basics! The foundation class that we’ll be building upon for the rest of the course. We will cover some simple moves, and the overarching rhythm of Capoeira.
Movements will cover a basic kick, Esquiva (dodge) and acrobatic, as well as the ginga (our base movement).

Musical Concepts: Agogo (Cowbell) & Clap

There is a digital recap video after this class.

Week 2

We review the concepts of week 1 and add on to the knowledge with 2 new foundational elements, a new kick and a new esquiva.

Musical Concepts: Pandeiro (Tambourine) & how the songs work 

There is a digital recap video after this class.

Week 3

We review all the concepts covered so far. We look at a more intricate spinning kick, another dodge and the last of our foundational movements. 

Musical Concepts: Atabaque (Big drum) & a new song

There is a digital recap video after this class.

Week 4

We review the movements from the first 3 classes. We add the last and most challenging of our basic kicks, a final esquiva, and the beginnings of the bridge (modified based on ability). 

Musical Concepts: Berimbau (bow like instrument) & a new song

There is a digital recap video after this class.

Week 5

There is a lot of learning up to this point, so this will be a full review of all the material. The mind is full of knowledge, now it’s time to practice and cement that knowledge! We take the opportunity to work through any individual or group doubts as well as refine technique. We will start our introduction to handstands (modified based on ability).

We look at the concept of the Roda, how it works, and what to expect week 6.

There is no digital content after this class, as it reviews all previous classes.

Week 6

We will review everything up to this point once more, whilst integrating with some of the other students. After a review class, we will do a couple of exercises to prepare us for the roda and that its time to use all your amazing new skills!

AGES 16+

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