mind, body
and spirit

Capoeira Afro-Brazilian Martial Art

“…fun class that honors traditions and fosters community. The teacher is very kind and patient with beginners, it is definitely a welcoming space. I always leave class feeling refreshed and energized.” – Jesse

What is Capoeira?

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines dance, martial arts, acrobatics, and music. Capoeira is mostly practiced like a game. The players try to outsmart or outmaneuver the other using flowing movements, acrobatics, kicks, dodges, and foot sweeps inside the circle known as the Capoeira “Roda.” Capoeira is art, music, culture, sport, education, and a life philosophy enjoyed by men, women, and children of all ages worldwide.

Why practice capoeira?

Capoeira is fun to learn and offers a variety of benefits. It is a healthy form of exercise that can help you develop more strength, endurance, flexibility, and agility and help you achieve better physical and mental balance. You can make new friends, learn self-defense and music, express yourself creatively, and learn about culture and history. With time Capoeira can become a path to knowledge, self-mastery, and liberation of the body and mind.

capoeira classes
in Milwaukee

Classes are for all levels. Beginners are welcome at any time. Lessons are taught by Prof. Steve Antonson, member of the Body and Movement Capoeira Angola Association founded by Mestre Angola (de Vermelho de Pastinha) in the city of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil in 1980. 

  • Dress in workout pants, t-shirt and light shoe or sneaker.
  • Please arrive early so we can begin on time.
  • Advanced registration is required. Register Now
$50 Month (1 class per week)
$15 Individual Class
Delaware House, 2499 S. Delaware Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

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Capoeira is rooted in ritual, music, and fighting traditions that enslaved Africans brought to Brazil, starting in the 16th century. Capoeira developed into a weapon of survival for many and a way to fight slavery, cultural oppression, and injustice. Over time, Capoeira evolved into a popular Brazilian cultural expression while keeping the history and traditions alive as it is passed down from generation to generation.

The “roda” or Capoeira circle is the space where we perform Capoeira. The circle is formed by the musicians, players, and spectators. The Capoeira roda was officially recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2014.

Capoeira can be useful self-defense. Capoeira increases one’s ability to anticipate and react quickly to dodge blows. It also contains numerous effective kicks, foot sweeps, and other unexpected strikes.
Music is a truly unique aspect of Capoeira. Using five percussive instruments, including the berimbau (musical bow) pandeiro (tambourine), reco-reco (scraper), agogô (bell), and atabaque (drum); we play traditional rhythms, which are accompanied by singing and chants that provide meaning, history, and commentary for the Capoeira game. Everyone is encouraged to learn the movements and music of Capoeira.

Capoeira is not hard to learn. Like most things, the more time you dedicate to it, the better you will become. Capoeira is more than just exercise or martial art – it’s an art form and takes some time, practice, and patience to develop the ability to perform it well. It’s fun to learn, so there is no need to be in a rush to know everything at once.


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