Capoeira, an introduction to Afro-Brazilian martial arts


Nelio Rodrigues (aka Manjerico)

Start date:

September 12, 2023

End date:

October 17, 2023




18:30 - 20:10


6 weeks

Max group size:



Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Course description 


Capoeira (pronounced cap-wearer) is a Brazilian martial art form, combining self-defence, acrobatics, dance, music and song. It was developed by slaves who used it to disguise the fact that they were practising fight moves.  Capoeira is ‘played’ (it’s known as the ‘game’, or jogo) in a circle called a roda, accompanied by music and singing. Only the hands and feet touch the floor. 

A Great Cardio Boost-The root movement, (the Ginga) is a constant sway movement, which is the origin of every capoeira move. Maintaining a solid ginga can be a challenge and will easily fire your heart up. Your heart can reach 150 to 180 bpm rather quickly!  

Learning new moves = Great muscles – It may sound obvious if you have been to a ‘game’, but Capoeira is clearly demanding on upper body and lower body  strength; this meaning your body will adapt better to new exercises and you will be prepared to boost your core. The more you practice your moves for the roda, the better you will perform with classic workout routines (like pull-ups, push-ups and many more).  

During this course and with time, dedication, and consistency your body will adapt to different kinds of stress levels and you will improve your health, your capoeira, and your workouts outside the classroom.  

At the end of the day, the Capoeira routine is about improving, getting healthier and having the best energy possible.  


Course content: 

What topics will you cover 



2. Rhythm 

3. Self-defence techniques 

4. Mobility and stretching 

5. Developing and nurturing motor skills 

6. Introduction to hand balancing 

7. Developing special awareness 

8. Partner work 

9. Pad work 

10.Integration of skills 


Learning objectives 

By the end of the course you will have 


1. Learn the history of Capoeira 

2. Understand and perform capoeira techniques 

3.Developed a relationship with rhythm and musicality 

4. Play capoeira with your opponent 

How will I be taught? What kind of activities will I be doing? 


  • We will use a format of 60 min sessions. These sessions will include a warm up, capoeira skills, core stability work and cool down techniques. The different levels of fitness will be accommodated in the same group session and individuals with no experience will be supported. Each session will then include a 40 min reflection and discussion time, facilitated by your teacher. 


  • You will receive feedback on an individual basis but also as being part of a group. 


What will I need to bring? Where can I get this? What do we provide? 


Participants will need to wear comfortable sports clothes 


Will I get feedback? What could I do next? 


You are encouraged to continue practicing the Capoeira routine as it is about improving, getting healthier and having the best energy possible.  

The tutor will advise on future courses 

Book your place

Any questions? Email us at or call 020 8962 5741