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What is capoeira?


“Capoeira, trickery of the enslaved yearning for freedom. Its beginning had no method, its end is inconceivable to the wisest of the mestres” (Mestre Pastinha, 1889-1981).​

Capoeira was practised in the plantations; the word itself means grass field in Tupi-Guarani, one of the Indigenous language in Brazil. Capoeira is an improvised 'game' of dance-combat 'played' by two participants within a circle of people. The game is directed by live percussion music.


Capoeira Angola fuses combat, dance, music and history. Capoeira developed in Brazil as a resistance movement by enslaved African in the 16th century. The African captive's and Indigenous tribe's rituals and culture fused in Brazil, to coalesce this movement into a powerful uprising which would be called capoeira. This uprising evolved into a system that fought against colonial oppression in order to gain freedom.

Nowadays capoeira has spread across the world, sharing its benefits of social inclusion and togetherness, fitness, mental health and philosophy of resistance across the world.

Why capoeira?

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Practised worldwide, capoeira helps balance mind and body through the development of your agility, rhythm, strength, flexibility and stamina.


Capoeira empowers people to fulfil their own potential using a unique physical way to keep their wellbeing.

Learn to express yourself both physically and musically to embellish your capoeira practice with music and dance.


Using elements of combat, dance, percussion music, and joy, Mucambo Capoeira Angola spreads its work in the local community to create a positive social impact on adults and young people.

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