Much More Than Your Average Martial Art
Capoeira (pronounced cap-o-way-da) is a high energy Brazilian martial art that combines self-defense techniques, acrobatics, music, dance, and culture!
If you are wondering if capoeira is right for you, there is no better way to find out than to give it a try! Don’t be discouraged by the fact that you’re not a gymnast or acrobat. We know capoeira can be quite intimidating at first glance but as a beginner you are not expected to be doing cartwheels and handstands from the start. However, your fitness will build up from day one and after a few months of training you will be surprised by what you can do. Capoeira is one of the few activities where men, women, and children can participate on an equal playing ground. In capoeira, there is no discrimination of size, age, or ability. If you’d like to know what’s really in it for you beyond the hype, read on to discover what you can expect in terms of health, fitness, and over all lifestyle benefits. There are numerous benefits as to why capoeira is an excellent extra curricular activity and these are our top 11!
Top 11 Reasons Why You Need to Try Capoeira
- 1. It will make you stronger and fitter than you every imagined.
capoeira will help you to develop more strength, endurance, flexibility, and agility than your average kickboxing or aerobics class. The basis for capoeira is the constant motion of your body, side-to-side and front to back. You’ll develop a strong upper body, core, and buns of steel quickly, shifting your weight back and forth with knees bent and arms swinging. Now continue that back and forth movement for an hour and see if it doesn’t do more for your butt than a bicycle seat.
- 2. It’s next-level cardio.
One hour of our capoeira class burns 700+ calories. That’s more thanan hour of spin class and you won’t have a sore butt when it’s over. Plus you work out to a Brazilian beat that’s better than anything you have on Pandora.
- 3. It’s social.
Capoeira is not a solitary sport. It is instead a communal experience that can teach you to respect and relate to others. It is a cultural activity as well as a sport! There is a strong social side to Capoeira. We can’t speak for every capoeira academy but I know when you join ours you become part of a family. You will definitely make friends along the way and meet new people from all over the world through capoeira events and practice. Lasting relationships are built and genuine friends are made. The majority of our students (kids, parents, and adult students) spend time with each other after and outside of class time.
- 4. It will boost your sense of self.
Not just exercise, Capoeira is an empowering art form, used to express freedom, individuality, and self-expression. You don’t have to become a master to get a lot out of the capoeira experience as the basic moves allow for individual variations and timing.
- 5. Develop unshakable confidence
Capoeira, quite simply, teaches you to believe in yourself. Capoeira is a total body and body expression and is perfect for instilling a sense of pride and confidence in anyone who practices. As one grows more confident in the martial art, he or she also grows more confident in the ability to express one’s unique voice.
- 6. It will reduce your stress
When you go through an intense capoeira class, your body releases endorphins. This is basically a feel-good hormone that leaves you feeling great, improves your mood, and gives you a feeling of achievement and euphoria. So basically our capoeira classes are a win-win: your body produces more endorphins and you burn more calories. Once you have become a regular in capoeira class you, will begin to notice that at the end of the classes you feel energized and on top of the world!
- 7. Balance and flexibility faster than you think
Capoeira will increase your speed, agility, flexibility, and balance. You learn to conrol your body and realize your body has a whole new range of motion just after a bit of consistent capoeira training. Some capoeira practitioners are right on par with serious yoga practitioners in terms of flexibility. Even those who moderately improve their flexibility lower their risk for injury and increase everyday mobility.
- 8. It’s culturally rich.
In a time when many martial arts are reduced to aerobic workouts and cookie cutter dojos; Capoeira maintains all of its roots and traditions. The history of capoeira gives it meaning and soul. The way capoeira originated and developed is quite interesting and engaging; it’s important for students to learn a bit about this history of capoeira as it gives what we learn in class much more meaning and depth.
- 9. Pickup a new language
You may not become fluent (though that’s always a possibility) but there is no doubt that you will come to understand and perhaps speak a bit of Brazilian Portuguese.
- 10. It’s a party.
Capoeira is the only martial art that requires live music and practitioners learn traditional instruments. Just the thing to get the blood flowing as you kick and sway with the rhythm of the music. The feints, kicks and attacks one learns in capoeira are not just fierce, they are as beautiful, fluid, and mesmerizing to watch as any modern dance. Think high kicks from ballet, flips from gymnastics and the strength of martial arts. Now picture it all together accompanied by a energizing beat. That’s capoeira.
- 11. Opportunity for Family Involvement
This benefit could be the most valuable to some families. Capoeira is an art that is multigenerational! Anyone who wishes to learn the art is able to experience it. This means that families can participate together in capoeira. Not every family will take advantage of this possibility, but the ones that do will be greatly enriched. Families are strengthened when they play and learn together. When children hit adolescence, family unity and communication might be tried and it is through hobbies and activities that individuals within that family will connect. Capoeira can be a great family strengthener.
In closing, capoeira is about YOU. It’s not about what the person next to you is doing or about how high the person in front of you is kicking; but it IS about your goals and your development. We are confident that if you give our capoeira program a try, you will accomplish your goals; whether it be weight loss, muscle toning, self-defense, or become a capoeira master; you can do it here!
For more information about our adult classes, click here: http://www.capoeirabrazilpelo.com/capoeira-classes/adults/