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Capoeira Angola an Afro-Brasilian Art

 Origins of Capoeira Angola:  The roots of "Capoeira " are in Angola, West Africa Its presence in Brasil dates back to the 1500's with the African Slave trade. This new art form of Capoeira came with them as part of their indigenous culture. Capoeira was originally an Angola, "Zebra dance", used to train young men that exhibited great strength and endurance. As a "Rights of passage", the young men who past these tests were then groomed for position of authority within their tribe or clan. The dance pantomimed the fighting movements of animals namely the Zebra. Capoeira got its name from Brasilians meaning "to mimic or dance like a chicken or rooster". As an effort to preserve this art form, the African slaves camouflaged the martial art by practicing it with drums and singing as if it were a dance, as it is still practiced today. As a result the men doing it could perform the secret art openly about their slave quarters with their masters looking on somewhat amused at a "dance" in which two opponents would seemingly do acrobatics and kick at each other with their feet.

The first principal of Capoeira is to avoid aggression and conflict. Capoeira is a passive martial art and teaches one to control ones emotions at all times. It is taught in playful /partnership form and avoid contact key to learning Capoeira is balance between mind and body. To prepare for these physical demands, students must learn basic flexibility and turning exercises stretching movements and maneuvers, "the Ginga" moving stance, basic kicks, self awareness and proper breathing techniques. The Capoeira require the athlete to have complete control of his body and mind to obtain complete self-control. These exercises form the foundation of the art. From these basic movements the students begins to learn more advanced techniques like backbends, cartwheels, and handstands. Students will also learn the traditional songs and be introduced to the various instruments that accompany the martial art of Capoeira.

 Skills to be Taught:

- fundamentals of Capoeira (martial art) techniques
- conservative breathing techniques - achieve flexibility and agility
- reduce the fear of falling to the floor - control of opponents energy with deceptive movements with rhythms - increase upper body strength- increase mind and body control with mental, physical discipline and stress reduction
- conflict and resolution through the control of aggression

  Goals and Benefits for the Participants

 -By participating in these classes the student will learn:
 - awareness and self-determination - conservative breathing techniques
 - achieve flexibility and agility
 - reduce the fear of falling to the floor
 - control of opponents energy with deceptive movements
 - increase upper body strength - increase mental and physical discipline
 - self-control of your aggressive emotions
 - development of brother and sisterhood
 - various musical and singing skills - how to control violence and aggression
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We have been attending the drum classes for children on Saturdays for the past 3 months.  My 4 year old son absolutely loves it.  Mr. Pierre is a wonderful teacher. He has the gift of communicating with the children.  They are captivated by him.  We are so grateful to have learned about this class. I wish we ha started coming sooner.....thank you Casa Samba for giving our family this opportunity!   Denise Woodall- Ruff