The Afro Brazilian martial art form known as Capoeira is alive and well in Minneapolis. It seems that you can't go to a park, dance, or show without hearing the chime of the berimbau, the beat of the drum, or the call and response singing of Capoeristas as they prepare their minds and bodies for thrilling acrobatics, cunning escapes, and awe inspiring moves.
If you have ever had the inclination to participate in this beautiful sport, now is as good a time as any. There are classes all over Minneapolis.
And you can choose a style that is comfortable for your body, mind and spiritual needs.
Some teachers emphasize fitness and physicality. And you can end up with a serious workout that will rival any physical fitness program. Other teachers are more
into teaching the history and spirituality that Capoeira provides. These classes can also be quite physically challenging, but also carry along the rich afro-b razilian heritage.
When you do decide to come to your first Capoeira class, here are a few things you will need.
- Loose Fitting Clothes – Many Capoeira Teachers sell Abadas or Capoeira pants and t-shirts that will compromise your uniform, but for that first day, all you will need are some loose fitting clothes that will allow you to move without falling apart.
- A Towel – You will sweat, so do yourself a favor, and bring a towel so you or your fellow capoeiristas wont slip
- Water – You'll be thirsty
- An Open Mind, and a willingness to be in a new situation learning something that might be quite foreign to the way you "normally" move.
That's it. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Everyone in you're class, no matter how accomplished, started out in a similar fashion to you, so there is no need to be embarrassed. By simply allowing yourself to become immersed into the Capoeira world, you will soon get to know this vibrant community that exists here in Minneapolis.
Pretty soon you will be kicking, dodging, weaving, and singing to the infectious Capoeira rhythms tha
t will transform you from Minneapolis to the back streets of Brazil.