November 20th, 2007


Capoeira USA

I went with my buddy Joe to Acrosports, beside Kezar stadium, tonight and took a class with Capoeira USA. It is a friendly and fun atmosphere and the class was lead by Mestre Urubu Malandro. We started with warm-up exercises and stretches, then the rest of the class practiced movement sequences. I was the only beginner, so Mestre had me work on some very basic movements, mostly involving kicking and stepping. I also worked on cartwheels, head-stands and back-bends; a lot of the movements require felixibility, strength and balance, and I was happy to begin with the most basic exercises. Towards the end of the class I got to relax and watch people play in the roda. Two people at a time take the center of a ring and throw kicks, spin, feint, dodge and generally play with their capoeira without actually hitting the other person.

Capoeira is a martial art of sorts, and a very interesting one, but the emphasis is not so much on fighting. I think it is possible to find schools that do focus on the martial side of capoeria, but music and dance has become a dominant influence in its practice. A capoeira class would provide me with a good body workout, help with rhythm and timing, and give me some fun moves to try while sparring. But I don't think it is what I am looking for right now.