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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.

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dan_erat
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
I've managed to flake going to ninjutsu class since paying the monthly dues at the session that we attended. It's staggering how inconvenient the location is for people who don't have motorized transportation, and I'd be embarrassed if I got mugged on my way to or from a martial arts class (but it seems not unlikely in that neighborhood).
henrylyne
Nov. 21st, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
The class is definitely in an inconvenient location, and the space itself isn't great. But you should definitely try and go to some more classes before the end of the month and see what you're missing out on. If the class doesn't inspire you to brave the trek through dodgy neighborhoods, then maybe it isn't worth it.
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