WHAT IS CAPOEIRA
In the last few years, Capoeira has taken the world by storm. All over the world it is an art form in demand, a most sought-after means of creative self-expression. Capoeira is Brazil's National Sport, a unique sport that combines fight moves, dance, acrobatics, with live music and Afro-Brazilian culture. Unlike many other martial arts, where the goal is to subdue an opponent, in Capoeira there are no winners or losers. Performed by two people, it is called a “game” that is played, not fought. It has been titled by UNESCO as' Intangible Heritage to Mankind'.
Our group Cordao De Ouro (CDO) has presence in 85 countries and has completed 60 years internationally. CDO in India was founded by Reza Baba Massah, who trained at CDO Israel and is a certified Capoeira instructor. From 4 students in 2006, the Capoeira way of life, today, impacts more than a thousand lives. With multiple centres across Mumbai and a part of 8 school curricular programs i.e. B D Somani International School, Billabong High International School, C P Goenka Juhu and Thane, Swami Vivekanand School and JBCN International School, Prof Baba and his team of instructors is single handedly responsible for putting Capoeira on the map in India.
CAPOEIRA FOR KIDS
It is a well known fact that increase in brain activity occurs during exercise, especially in areas of the brain dealing with thinking and memory. Moving the body demands a lot from the brain – coordinating muscle contractions, vision, balance, organ function and all of the complex interactions of bodily systems. Capoeira is one of the best forms of fitness as it not only includes body locomotion but needs strategic use of the mind to make use of these movements in the form of dance. An integral part of capoeira is its music which research has proved improves analytical thinking and memory.
A typical capoeira workshop incorporates free movement based exercises done with individuals, in pairs and groups helping in strength, flexibility, reflexes and co ordination. Teaching in the form of games makes it fun and challenging. Capoeira is the only martial art in the world that is non violent, non aggressive and non competitive and at the same time teaches self defence in the most unique way.
Capoeira is a fantastic opportunity for children of all ages to be introduced to Brazilian culture and learn this unique blend of martial arts, gymnastics, dance, song and music. It is a well-rounded fitness program with proven health benefits. Plus they learn a new language and to play many instruments. Children simply love the energy and fun of our structured workouts. Parents all across the globe acknowledge the positive impact capoeira has on their children – increased self-confidence, mental sharpness and physical fitness levels.
Capoeira, very simply, helps a child navigate the complexities of human interaction, the importance of being ready for anything, the value of cleverness and the strength of indirect resistance.