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.