Capoeira is a truly integrative martial art. It is a martial art, a dance, and a celebration of life and movement. It cultivates skills across the spectrum of human potential: not only flexibility, strength, and balance, but also responsiveness and openness to others, worldliness, and playfulness. It is a joy and an honor to share such a rich art form with my students.
I've been practicing for 14 years, ever since I discovered capoeira while living in France. I've trained with a variety of different groups, I've learned from different masters and teachers of the art, and I've taught off and on for the past ten years or so. Capoeira has made me strong, flexible, and resilient--with the caveat, of course, that there's always further to go on the journey.
My classes are intended for beginners, but there's always something to challenge students at any level. In any given class, we typically work on basic movements (kicks and dodges), movement sequences, and floreios (or 'flourishes'). If class size allows, we also play capoeira in the roda (the equivalent of sparring in other martial arts, or of improvised pair dancing). Capoeira can be delightfully weird if you're new to the art. My class will help make its many movements second nature, for a stronger, healthier, and more balanced life.