What if we told you there was a workout which combines music, introduces you to a new culture and language while increasing your body’s strength, stamina, flexibility, and endurance? Ditch your yoga class, leave your gym for a day and experience the numerous benefits of Capoeira, a form of Afro-Brazilian martial arts that’s been around for decades.
According to capoeira instructors, Anun & Mudanca of Capoeira Guanabara New York, the history of the martial art form is quite controversial, taking place in the beginning of African slavery in Brazil (between the 16th-19th century). The martial art form was considered a outlet for the Africans in Brazil to defend themselves and remain connected to their culture despite the harsh realities of slavery, combining acrobatics, dance, martial arts, lively music and chanting. Capoeira was once illegal decades ago, however, is now seen as a living art and a profound social force being practiced all around the world.
If you’ve never tried Capoeira before you attend a Capoeira class, it’s important to have an open mind, abandon shyness or insecurities and mainly focus. It’s also important to not be hard on yourself on your very first try since you will most likely stumble, fall, or even worse – be off rhythm in the “roda” (pronounced ho-dah), however, it’s guaranteed that each class, you’ll improve.
There’s a reason it’s called ‘playing‘ capoeira – unlike other martial arts, there is an element of playfulness to capoeira that is an inherent part of the game. A well-rounded capoeirista doesn’t just know how to kick but also how to escape, trick, and ‘beat’ the opponent – all without ever touching him or her. –Capoeira Guanabara New York
So, who is capoeira for? It’s definitely not for everyone, but for anyone willing to give it a try…whether you’re a seasoned athlete or an occasional runner, either way, all fitness levels are welcomed.
Still not convinced yet, here are three reasons to give Capoeria a try:
- To be in the moment. We are living in an age where we are just going through the motions. From going to work, activities with our friends, and including working out – we are in the zone, but not in the moment. Capoeira forces you to concentrate on your body, movements and partner(s) resulting in a hands-on, interactive experience.
- It’s a group effort. As mentioned, in Capoeria you’ll either have a partner and towards the end or for the finale, you’ll have to enter the roda (pronounced ho-dah), in which capoeira is practiced in a group circle with live music. If you’ve been complaining about a lack of a fitness partner, you’ll make plenty of friends via capoeira.
- To Get outside your comfort zone. Capoeira introduces you to a new language, culture and if you stick with it long enough, will increase your fitness level – also, you’re guaranteed to burn at least 1000 calories per two-hour session. Not bad.
Convinced now and want in? Capoeira Guanabara New York is offering various special deals for all ages that can be purchased, here. For more information on capoeira or Capoeira Guanabara New York, visit capoeiraguanabaranewyork.com.