What is Capoeira?

Capoeira (pronounced kah-poe-air-ah) is a martial art that combines the excitement and energy of music, dancing, fighting, gravity defying acrobatics and feats of strength and flexibility. Capoeira is a 400-year old Brazilian martial art born out of oppression and slavery whereby slaves had to disguise their training as recreational song and dance. Capoeira has played an important part in shaping the culture of Brazil.

At Capoeira Malês, we play a modern form of capoeira, a fast-paced, fluid game known as Contemporânea. There are many different styles of capoeira, some are slow and theatrical, others are fast and artistic. Participants take turns sparring in pairs in the centre of a roda (circle), and also create the live music, which consists of playing Afro-Brazilian percussion instruments, clapping and call-and-response singing.

Capoeira came to Canada in the early 1990s and today it can be found on every continent. There is a wealth of information available online for those interested in learning more about the history of capoeira. Capoeira continues to grow and gain recognition as a martial art and form of artistic expression.

Grupo Capoeira Malês was founded by Mestre Curisco and Contra Mestre Lua Branca after emigrating from Brazil to the United States and Canada respectively.  Their aim is to share their love of capoeira and their wealth of experience with students, based on their shared values of respect, discipline and tradition. Not only are Mestre Curiso and Contra Mestre Lua Branca committed to the preservation and values of capoeira as an art, but also to disseminating the Brazilian culture worldwide and passing on these values to their students.

Capoeira Malês is open to dedicated students of capoeira seeking to deepen their knowledge and improve their technique. The group also welcomes those looking to socialize or get an excellent workout, so they can fulfill their expectations and take away knowledge and respect for capoeira.

The GTA group operates under the direction, guidance and instruction of Contra Mestre Lua Branca, who has over 27 years of experience in capoeira and over 15 years of experience as an instructor of capoeira.