I want to try Capoeira. How and when can I take part in your classes?
In order to practice Capoeira with us, we ask that you take part in one of our Beginners Courses. These take place throughout the year, and introduce you to the basics of Capoeira, from the movements to the music. Choose 'Courses' from the Beginners menu above to find out about our next one.
To keep training Capoeira with us after the course finishes, we ask that you pay for group membership (£55 for a year), which includes your Capoeira uniform, three free classes and other benefits including reduced class costs. A bargain!
Once you are a member, you can attend any of our classes. Wednesday classes are for beginners only, so that might be the best day to train regularly. But our Monday, Friday and Saturday classes are open to all levels, where you will sometimes be put to train with someone with more experience than you. But don’t worry, they are there to help you, and will give you tips. We also have weekly music and acrobatics sessions to help those with a particular interest.
If your child wants to try Capoeira (ages 4+), they don't need to take part in a beginners course. We have weekly sessions for kids. Visit HERE for info.
I’m not particularly fit or sporty. Will I be able to enjoy Capoeira?
You don’t have to be extremely fit, strong or flexible to join our classes. We like to encourage all body types and abilities to our group, and you will always be supported in learning Capoeira on your own terms. Naturally through training you will get fitter and more confident; but the key is not to put too much pressure on yourself. Starting with the beginners course, you will get help to build up slowly.
What do I wear to a class? And why do you wear uniform?
Just come in clothes you can move around in easily, bare-footed or with flexible trainers or plimsoles. Bare-footed is always better, although you will find you get blisters until your feet become tougher. You will only need to get a uniform when you decide to train Capoeira regularly and become a member. It is part of the tradition of many Capoeira groups to have a white uniform, like in other martial-arts, and to do annual grading events.
Do I need to learn Portuguese, and do I have to sing or play music?
Playing the music is really important to developing your Capoeira skills, so we like to encourage everyone to give it a go. But don’t worry if you don’t think you have rhythm or a singing voice. We all started in the same position! All of Capoeira’s songs and movements are in Portuguese, and so you will learn basic language skills from just coming to class. If you really want to develop quickly musically, then we have a weekly music class for all levels of ability. (See 'Timetable' page)