CAPOEIRA

Movi­mento Sim­ples de Capoeira

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Block B-3-2, Plaza Da­mas, Jalan Sri Har­ta­mas 1, KL (012 271 3983/012 696 6983/ www.movi­mento.my).

To de­fine capoeira is to look back at the colour­ful his­tory of Brazil and its con­nec­tion with slav­ery. The com­mon story is that this Afro-Brazil­ian mar­tial art was first prac­tised by African slaves in Brazil dur­ing the 17th cen­tury. They used mu­sic and dance to con­ceal the fact that they were prac­tis­ing a form of grace­ful, yet deadly, fight­ing and self-de­fence skill. In Novem­ber 2014, Unesco called for the pro­tec­tion of capoeira as an art form by plac­ing it on the Rep­re­sen­ta­tive List of the In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural Her­itage of Hu­man­ity.

Es­tab­lished in 2013, Movi­mento Sim­ples de Capoeira has greatly helped to in­tro­duce the sport and per­ti­nent as­pects of Brazil­ian cul­ture to Malaysians. In ad­di­tion to hold­ing classes sev­eral times a week, the cen­tre or­gan­ises spe­cial work­shops headed by guest in­struc­tors from all over the world.

Movi­mento’s kids classes place strong em­pha­sis on per­fect­ing capoeira’s fun­da­men­tals. The first move learnt is ‘ginga’, which com­bines strong lunges, cal­cu­lated steps and self-de­fen­sive arm move­ments. A se­ries of kicks is next on the syl­labus, in­clud­ing the ‘ar­mada’, a neat kick pre­ceded by a lit­tle spin. Rhyth­mic mu­sic sets the beat and keeps the heart pump­ing. This is an ac­tiv­ity that teaches about rhythm and bal­ance, as well as be­ing a great way to keep fit. Movi­mento ac­cepts stu­dents as young as three while teenagers join the adult’s be­gin­ner classes.

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