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Try Capoeira on H.U.M.P. Day!

try capoeira at belltown

Come try Capoeira for only $5 at Belltown Community Center on Wednesday, December 10th from 6-7:30pm!  Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art that combines martial arts, dance and culture, and this is a special drop-in event tailored to new students where you can try it.  Expect to get a good workout through a series or aerobic warm ups, stretches and practice of capoeira movements.  The last part of class features a roda (pronounced ho-da) where students use the movements learned in the earlier part of class to improvise and play the game of capoeira.

Those who practice capoeira regularly earn physical and emotional strength, balance, rhythm, coordination, positive energy and respect for others while creating lasting new friendships in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Capoeira is a full body and mental workout, come check it out!

Capoeira was created by African slaves in Brazil in the 16th century as a tool with which slaves could survive, completely unequipped, if they escaped.  Capoeira was practiced in secret and offered resistance to oppression and hope for survival.  Nowadays capoeira is a martial art and those who practice it refer to it as ‘playing capoeira.’  During the game most capoeira moves are used, but capoeiristas usually avoid using punches or elbow strikes unless it’s a very aggressive game.  Capoeira experienced a revival in the 1970s when capoeira masters began teaching the game in other countries, also becoming embassadors of Brazilian culture all over the word.  26 November 2014, Capoeira gained the UN cultural heritage status.

For your first class, wear loose-fitting fitting clothes, such as sweatpants and a t-shirt, and bare feet. You need to be able to move freely in all directions, including upside down and sideways. Shorts are discouraged.

This event is part of Belltown Community Center’s Healthy Urban Movement Parties Series (H.U.M.P.) We feature a different fitness event every second Wednesday of each month from 6-7:30pm.

$5 Drop-in, no advance registration necessary. For more information, please call Belltown Community Center at 206-684-7245 at stop by 415 Bell St.

Instructor: Jeff Forde of Omulu Capoeira Seattle