Capoeira is a very
ritualistic art form!
Capoeira is not religious but ritualistic
and that means with ceremonial procedures! There, the players have to imbue themselves
– progressively - as time and experience comes of dedication, respect, turning
one day in to devotion to those ceremonials and procedures… Not to a god, not
to a master alone –if he deserves it, or to a specific capoeira group… A real,
mature capoeirista is devotional to the art form itself – devoted to Capoeira.
It becomes part of your blood, it becomes who you are…
From the begging when you are standing in the “roda”,
the circle, for long times, just watching - you are playing the game already! A
music game, a ritual game… You are part of the set up - you are part of an
orchestra that goes beyond the music and gets in to peoples body; and
transforms into capoeira games!!! Your energy comes through your music, through
your eyes - also - in the form of attention, looking at the games… You give them
your claps, your singing, your “axe”! The players feed of it, and give back in
the form of a beautiful game… dangerous, charming, hypnotic…
Capoeira is a metaphor for life… and
you in it, as in life as well; you are always a part of the bigger cycle or
circle (“roda”) of things… Keep clapping
and singing, keep connected – give to receive and receive to give- let the energy,
let the Axe, flow through you, be part of the ritual!
That is where capoeira
meets the meditation. Like in meditation, you need to give up of the rest, you
need to clean up your body and mind and spirit (if you believe on it) to be
able to flow the “Axe” vital energy that runs through everything…
Come our dynamic meditation class :) Capoeira!!!
By: Massape Capoeira Luanda San
Every regular kids class includes: stretching, warm up, practice
of the basic dance steps of Capoeira, dodge movements, kicks, acrobatics, music involving instruments playing and singing and also some of the culture with
stories, words, songs in Portuguese and lots of simple and fun games and
positive challenges; all in
the same class!!! As you can see, Capoeira is a
full package – naturally
- including many classes in one.
Kids 3 to 5 years old
My name is
Andre Amado and I’m known in Capoeira as Instructor Massape. I’m student of the
pioneer of Capoeira in the USA, Master Jelon Vieira, with over 50 years on this
art form. I’ve been practicing this art for 19 years now and teaching for 14
and since the beginning I had interest on teaching for kids. During my bachelors in psychology (concluded in 2005 at PUC - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil) I
studied extensively Capoeira and its relation with human development for kids
and adults, under a lot of different perspectives: psychologically,
developmentally, socially, and culturally, as well as a sport form and more...
I have taught regular classes and workshops in many different venues, private
gyms, schools, after schools, universities and over a few different countries:
Brazil, New Zealand, USA and Mexico.
It is my
strong believe that Capoeira classes for the ages of 3 to 5 years old specifically
are not really about teaching them strictly Capoeira. It is about using
Capoeira as a tool to help and stimulate the kids, your kid, and their
development as a person and citizen immerse in a society. That means the focus
is on the skills and abilities the kids are developing on each specific stage
of their lives. Using the rich and multiple Capoeira tools I can support and
stimulate that development process of the children creating safe, reliable, and
conscious environment for their exploration of the world around them and
specially the world inside them – body and mind. On this age, more at 3 and
less as much as they get close to 5 the boys and grills are experiencing and
exploring their inner world. Preschool children are learning to use and test
their bodies. The preschool years are a time for learning what they can do
individually and how they can do it. Locomotion plays a large role in motor and
skill development and includes such activities as moving the body through
space: walking, running, hopping, jumping, rolling, dancing, climbing, and
leaping. Preschoolers use these activities to investigate and explore the
relationships among themselves, space, objects in space and others kids…
some more of the aspects that kids on this age are developing and that I will
be directly supporting and stimulating growth in classes with games, exercises and
increasing communication, starting with the 3 years old on...
Language and Thinking Development
stimulated trough the natural communications process every class and
explanation of exercises and games)
- 3years understands
most of what is said and 75 percent of speech is understandable
in complete sentences of three to five words
pictures to objects
by doing and through the senses
concepts of "now,"
"soon," and "later"
to recognize cause-and-effect
Social and Emotional Development
simple directions; enjoys
helping with tasks
own limits — asks for help
alone and near other children
to cooperate and share well
choices between two things
begins to notice
's moods and feelings
Music & Capoeira
Music inspires learning.
music is present every class! There is no Capoeira without music and even if
there is no actual music the player should be imagining a rhythm, a cadence to
perform his art.
Music plays an important role in
every child’s development. Beginning at birth, music stimulates the brain and
provides a platform for listening, for languages and for creativity; research
shows that children who play an instrument excel academically, including
scoring higher on standardized tests.
Studies have shown that playing a
musical instrument can measurably enhance a child’s intellectual development:
it engages imagination and creativity; promotes concentration and memory retention;
develops abstract reasoning skills; sharpens problem-solving skills and
emotional development; boosts self-confidence; builds self-discipline; makes
learning fun; and as physical developments- sharpens hand-eye coordination; hones
sense of rhythm; stimulates social interaction and encourages self-expression;
builds relationships with peers bringing people together.
“Love, work, and knowledge are the wellsprings
of our lives, they should also govern it.”
Capoeira today is an art form!
A blend of: culture, fight, music, dance, acrobatics and social skills.
means, not only, be a capoeira player
but live its lifestyle!