Where to learn capoeira?

  • titojtd

    Posts: 13

    Jun 10, 2010 6:56 PM GMT
    Does anyone know of where in NC I can learn how to do capoeira? The only place I know of that's closest to me is in Durham, about two hours away. Is it at all possible to learn it by myself????
  • BeingThePhoen...

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    Jun 10, 2010 10:41 PM GMT
    I've wanted to learn Capoeira for years, but I've never lived anywhere where it was taught. Many of the movements seem a bit too complicated to try by yourself, though it would be cool if you could take online classes...lol.
  • Rush_

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    Jun 10, 2010 11:24 PM GMT
    titojtd saidDoes anyone know of where in NC I can learn how to do capoeira? The only place I know of that's closest to me is in Durham, about two hours away. Is it at all possible to learn it by myself????


    Having been learning capoeira and now teaching it, I'd say avoid learning anything, even the ginga, online. There are so many subtleties that you wouldn't believe to doing just the ginga (basic movement), much less everything else, that it can't possibly be explained very well online. Once you know the movements, videos are great for putting together sequences, improving your game, or even finding movements you can ask an instructor to teach you. They're also good for getting a feel for the game itself, although most of the time you'll find videos of high level cordas doing really flashy moves really fast. Look up some videos with beginner's rodas for a good feel of what you'll likely be doing for at least a few months.

    Your best bet is to go check out virtualcapoeira.com and look at the listing of groups there. The group in Spokane has maybe five people, so we don't really have our own website or anywhere to advertise heavily. You may find a group that's the same.

    Another option is if you have a few friends who want to try and might be willing to help pay, see if you can get the instructor and a student or two to come out your way for a weekend-long workshop.

    Finally, if you travel, look up the groups where you're going and call to see if you can do a drop-in class. Most of them are super-friendly and cool about it; I do drop-ins all the time in Seattle.

    Hit me up if you have questions or want me to dig around some in the listings I found for groups and I'll do what I can.

    Axé!
  • neosyllogy

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    Jun 10, 2010 11:31 PM GMT
    I only did a little bit of capoeira (our brazillian muay thai instructor was running a class - it's surprisingly fun [surprising to me anyway =]).
    Since there's little to no contact involved in it I think you would be able to learn a lot of it on your own. It's basically dance with semi-combative movements.
    There's very strong social and cultural aspects to it, so in a group is probably better, but I don't see why you couldn't get some capoeira music and watch some videos and copy them -- same as gymnastics or dancing.
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    Mar 24, 2011 4:13 PM GMT
    titojtd saidDoes anyone know of where in NC I can learn how to do capoeira? The only place I know of that's closest to me is in Durham, about two hours away. Is it at all possible to learn it by myself????


    It definitely is better to learn in real life w/ an instructor. However, I couldn't afford it and I didn't feel 100% comfortable doing it in front of people. So I made a progressive way to do it at home link (below). Plus if you don't have an instructor near by what else could you do? Either way you're exercising and at least learning some capoeira... you can't deny that.

    http://picaresque.org/capoeira/
  • nooceansleft

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    May 01, 2011 2:44 AM GMT
    Hey dudes....as a practitioner and teacher I can honestly say you CAN'T learn it online. Like someone said before me, even the simplest stuff in Capo is extremely intricate, and if you learn it even the slightest bit incorrectly then as soon as you go to a class you're going to have to go back to square one anyway. I'd been playing for five years before I changed schools and I had to completely change my gameplay.

    Good luck though! You'll find most capoeira people are pretty friendly and everything and there's more of them than you think.

    I checked with some friends and there's an ABADA school in Raleigh. Check it out (that's my school and they're awesome).