Capoeira (“kap-oo-ay-rah”) is an Afro-Brazilian martial art developed in the 1500s by African and Indigenous slaves in Brazil as a form of self-defence from their oppressors. It is marked by its agile and tricky movements that may be executed anywhere from an upside-down position, to a gravity defying kick. It has a strong acrobatic component in some styles and is always played with music. Modern Capoeira is one of the most diverse martial arts in the world today, with creativity, music, self-expression, and strategic thinking as much a part of the core curriculum as physical training and fitness. Students will build strength, increase stamina and flexibility as they learn capoeira’s exciting kicks and acrobatic movements and have a great time doing it. All experience levels welcome.

Instructor Bio

Capoiera Instructor DJ KenyaKenneth “Graduado Polvo” Clarke has been training with Axé Capoeira since 2001 and has been teaching since 2009. He is the current In-School Program Leader for Axé Capoeira and teaches school wide workshops throughout the lower mainland. He is also a senior member of the Axé Capoeira performance team and has toured the province of BC successfully completing over 500 performances of Capoeira and Afro-Brazillian dance and percussion. He has competed in numerous Capoeira events in Vancouver, Victoria, Sau Paulo (BR), Recife (BR), Joa Pessoa (BR) Forta Leza (BR), Salvadore (BR), Seattle, Calgary, Toronto, Kansas City, and Santa Cruz. In 2007, Polvo Placed 1st in the advanced category during the Axé Capoeira Kansas City Capoeira Competition.

“Personally I believe Capoeira is about positive energy and it’s cultivation. I feel free and at peace when I play Capoeira and I believe teaching Capoeira requires energy and enthusiasm. I believe our group internationally is one of the best on the planet, I’m proud to be a member and and constantly seeking to upgrade my own skill and knowledge. Capoeira has had a tremendous positive effect on my life and I hope to share its power with as many people as possible. Salve e Axé tudos Capoeirsitas reais de Tudo Mundo!”.

New to Capoeira?

Purchase the Capoeira Intro Pass for only $60!  This pass is valid for those new to Capoeira and is valid for a 1-time only purchase. Non-refundable and non-transferable. This pass provides you with 8 capoeira classes, to be used to drop-in to any of the scheduled Mixed –Level classes. The intro pass is valid for 3 months from date of purchase.
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