mind, body
and spirit

Community Capoeira Class

“…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?

Created by enslaved Africans in Brazil, capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art of self-defense hidden in dance and played like a game to music. Players try to outmaneuver each other using a variety of kicks, dodges and sweeps inside the circle known as the capoeira roda. Around the world, people of all ages enjoy capoeira because it’s fun and exciting to learn and is a healthy form of self-care for the body, mind, and spirit.

Why practice capoeira?

Capoeira offers many significant benefits. It is a fun and healthy form of exercise that can help you develop strength, endurance, flexibility, and agility. It can also help reduce stress and achieve better physical and mental balance. In addition, you can make new friends, learn self-defense and music, express yourself creatively, and learn about culture and history. And with practice, capoeira offers a path to gain knowledge and self-mastery.

capoeira classes
in Milwaukee

Saturdays 10am–11am
Delaware House 
2499 S. Delaware Ave 
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Class is held in the upstairs studio.

$50/month (includes all Saturday classes)
$15 per individual class
*Advanced registration is required. Register

This is a mixed levels class. New students are always welcome. Class is taught by Professor Steve, member of the Body and Movement Capoeira Angola Association of Mestre Angola (student of Mestre Vermelho of Mestre Pastinha) in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.


  • Dress in workout pants, a t-shirt, and light shoe or sneaker. 
  • Please arrive 10 minutes early so we can begin on time.

ready to discover capoeira?


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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