What is


Mestre Nô –

“Capoeira na roda, capoeira na vida.”

Capoeira (cap·o·ei·ra) is an Afro-Brazilian martial art disguised as a dance. It was created in the 16th century by enslaved Africans in Brazil who used it to liberate themselves. Played as a game (jogo) between two practitioners inside a circle (roda), capoeira is a dialogue using the body, each movement is like a word forming a dynamic conversation that can be beautiful, tough, slow or fast and sometime everything at once. The game of capoeira is commanded by the berimbau, the traditions are carried on through the rich history of liberation and the artform is kept alive by the vibrant growing community of practitioners throughout the world.

All are welcomed to train with ilê de palmares; new and advanced students of all ages are encouraged to experience and train in the various elements of capoeira, as we help each other to meet and surpass personal goals and move towards physical, mental and spiritual freedom of expression.

Who is

01. idp

ilê de palmares was founded by Contra-Mestre Omi and Professor Caiman in 2012 in New York City. Learn more about our group and our philosophy.


02. Schedule

We have classes in Manhattan, Brooklyn (Williamsburg), and Queens (LIC & Flushing). Kids classes are held at the LIC and Flushing YMCA. To get more details on class times please visit our schedule.


03. Teachers

Our teachers enjoy sharing their love and passion for Capoeira at home (throughout New York City) and around the world. Learn more about ilê de palmares and our leaders.