Capoeira is a game and a dance that was created by slaves in Brazil in the 16th century. It has been a field of study in various universities around the world. It is a unique sport that is a mix of game playing and competitive fighting. The most important aspect of Capoeira is playing a game where the goal is not winning, but cooperating, working together to improve oneself and each other, a little bit every day. So our game can't have a loser, only winners! It is a spectacle for the eyes of the observer. This is a sport where the participant can be 3 to 80 years and the game depends only on the creativity of each person.
The Benefits of Capoeira
- Stretching and strengthening all the muscles of the body
- A great cardiovascular workout
- Developing speed, strength, and motor skills
Capoeira training not only strengths the physical body, but helps participants take control of negative emotions, such as: Anxiety; Shyness; Aggressiveness.
These psychological benefits are developed through instilling cooperation, respect, discipline, and tolerance. Capoeira is the development of mature emotions through movement. Capoeira develops a body language where creativity and expression are the principle tools. An individual can use expression, communication, and creativity to better prepare for the challenges of a competitive society.
Capoeira for Kids: Developing Potential
During childhood and adolescence a child needs experiences that help structure their relationship with themselves, others, and the world. This relationship is interconnected with the image that they make of themselves.
How much better is the person that moves better, understands their feelings, and communicates through expression and creativity? Capoeira teaches lifestyles of cooperation, socialization, tolerance, and helping one another. The sport of Capoeira is training, exercise, stretching, relaxation, and philosophy. It gives physical and psychological support, developing all the potential contained in its participants, making them more prepared for life.
The entire process helps the child develop their critical thinking, their limits, and establish as a priority their liberty of expression, thus conquering and multiplying in value. Movements that are quick, slow, controlled, loose, confined, acrobatic, light and elegant seem more like a dance than a fight, but it is also a sport and a game. A sport and a game where the most important thing isn’t to win, but to cooperate! Body language captivates the spectator through movements and thus the participants begin to understand the relationship with themselves, others, and the world.