Movimento Simples de Capoeira
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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