Fitness Trend: Capoeira

Capoeira is a fun and exciting sport – a mixture of body and soul, fighting and dancing, of musical instruments and voice, requiring the use of mental, physical and emotional agility. The emphasis is not on how well you sing or perform but on how much energy you commit to trying.

There are two main styles of Capoeira:

Capoeira Regional is the most widely-used form of Capoeira. It's a high-speed game that employs all the martial-art-style movements. Some acrobatics and balances can be used although the emphasis is more on the 'fighting' moves.

Capoeira Angola is a slower game, which contains lots of balances and low-to-the-ground moves. There is a big emphasis on grace and beauty of movement.

What it's Good For

Capoeira is great for improving general fitness and wellbeing, and it's also a whole lot of fun!

Useful Websites

Group Capoeira Brasil

More Information

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