Brazil’s ‘Mar­tial Art’ In Ka­neohe

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Brazil­ian Capoeira is not quite a mar­tial art, but it’s not quite dance, ei­ther.

What­ever it is, Capoeira Be­souro Hawaii of­fers lessons for all ages at its new academy, lo­cated at 46-208 Kahuhipa St. in Ka­neohe.

The sport’s ori­gins are de­bated even to­day, but it is gen­er­ally thought that African slaves in Brazil de­vel­oped capoeira in the 16th cen­tury as a means of self-de­fense, par­tic­u­larly when out­num­bered or faced with armed as­sailants.

It’s char­ac­ter­ized by con­stant, al­most dance- like mo­tion, with ac­ro­bat­ics, eva­sive move­ments and de­ci­sive strikes. It is usu­ally per­formed with mu­si­cal ac­com­pa­ni­ment in the berim­bau (a Brazil­ian sin­gle-string in­stru­ment) and singing.

Capoeira Be­souro Hawaii is owned by Rio de Janeiro na­tive Mestre Kinha, who has com­peted in and taught capoeira around the world. Classes are held Mon­days, Wed­nes­days, Fri­days and Satur­days for chil­dren and adults. Dropin fees for classes range be­tween $15 and $18.

For de­tails, call 247-7890 or 3866895, or visit capoeirabesouro­

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