Do I have to be in peak physical condition?
NO! Capoeira involves strength, flexibility, endurance, and aerobic conditioning. Build up strength slowly, working within your own limitations. Everyone has something to contribute to and from Capoeira, regardless of body type, weight, sex and age. Find your unique contribution! Be patient with yourself and remember that anything worthwhile takes time. You do not have to posses a martial arts, gymnastics or sports background to start capoeira because you will learn everything in class.
What can I expect from a typical class?
Class generally begins with an exercise to get the blood flowing to the muscles and increase the heart rate. This is followed by a series of 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. Also you’ll learn about aspects of culture, history, and music.
What should I wear to the 1st class?
Wear loose-fitting clothes such as tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt. You need to be able to move freely in all directions, including upside down and sideways. Capoeira is not practiced with shoes but you are welcome to bring sports tape to wrap your feet. If you decide you like capoeira and you want to join our group, we’ll ask you to buy the uniform then.