What is Capoeira?

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.