Mestre Joãozinho da Figueira

On Saturday 18th August, there will be a capoeira roda performance on Above Bar Street, with Brazilian Masters and teachers and Capoeira students from across the UK.

Capoeira (pronounced Kapu-air-ah) is a unique Afro-Brazilian art form that blends martial arts, dance and music to create a stunning display of kicks, dodges and acrobatics, set to the rhythm of the berimbau. Capoeira is more dynamic and uses more cunning than Eastern martial arts, and is played as a game (rather than a fight) between two people, in the middle of a roda – a circle of capoeira players.

Capoeira has strong links to its roots and traditions. It was developed by African slaves and their descendants in Brazil several hundred years ago. A fusion of African traditions and rituals, mixed with some indigenous Indian and European influence, it has long been used as a tool for liberation, expression and freedom.

Capoeira MarAzul (meaning ‘blue sea’) was established in 1983 by Mestre Joãozinho da Figueira, a capoeira Master whose dedication, energy and passion for Capoeira has inspired many capoeiristas in Brazil, Africa and across Europe. He has over 30 years’ experience teaching Capoeira to all levels and ages.

Capoeira helps improve cardio-vascular fitness, muscle tone, upper body and core strength, and improves flexibility. If you’re interested in getting fit, meeting new people, learning about a new culture and having fun, have a go at capoeira. Capoeira MarAzul is starting Capoeira classes in Southampton, bringing a little bit of Brazil to this part of the south coast. Check out www.marazul.co.uk/southampton, and we’ll see you at the roda!

suzannah On August - 10 - 2012

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