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Grupo Capoeira Brasil Boston - Capoeira School

Grupo Capoeira Brasil Boston

Phone: 617-513-5858
Description: Capoeira classes to all levels.

Brazilian Cultural Center of New England

Brazilian Cultural Center of New England

Cambridge, MA
Phone: 617 5475343
Description: Capoeira Camará Angola and Samba Camará

Grupo Capoeira Brasil - Capoeira School

Grupo Capoeira Brasil
Address: 305 Broadway - Everett
Phone: (617)513-5858
Description: Capoeira classes to all levels. First capoeira class is FREE!

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The story of Capoeira

The roots of Capoeira

The roots of Capoeira stem from the 16th century when Africans from Angola, Guinea and Nigeria were taken prisoner by Portuguese colonialists and shipped to Brazil where they suffered the hardships of life-long slavery, family division and torture. At the first available opportunity, many slaves escaped to the nearby forests and glades called "Capoeira".

There they founded concealed settlements: the "Quilombos" - self-administered territories, an embodiment of hope and a symbol of freedom for all those suppressed.

Mestre Leo (l.), Mestre João Pequeno Whites and indigenous Indians also lived and fought there. With the aim of freeing other slaves forced to perform manual labour on the sugar cane plantations for the wealth and profit of the "Senhor", these Quilombos settlements developed - in secret - a very effective fighting technique: CAPOEIRA.

Forced to fight for their survival unarmed, they learned to use their bodies as a weapon. Their African rituals and dances not only served them as a model to develop techniques, but also made it possible to disguise such warrior movements as a dance form. Under the guidance of their legendary leader "Zumbi", the Quilombos managed to carry out a successful guerrilla war against the superior armed Portuguese for decades.

The period of persecution

Capoeira long remained prohibited after the official abolition of slavery in the year 1888. Thereafter, the poorer social strata practised it in their free time, on state holidays or at similar opportunities. In doing so, there were often confrontations with the police who would intervene in such occasions. The systematic persecution and punishment of Capoeira almost brought about the disappearance of this dance from the streets of Brazil in the 1920's.

Mestre Bimba and Mestre Pastinha, however, disregarded the prohibition and founded the first Capoeira Schools in Salvador da Bahia. Mestre Bimba developed a new style with innovative movement sequences and techniques which is named "Capoeira Regional", as opposed to the traditional school of "Capoeira Angola". Mestre Bimba finally managed to convince the state authorities of the cultural significance of Capoeira, which ultimately led to the termination of the official prohibition in the 1930's.



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