Capoeira is a Brazilian dance/martial art combining the control of Eastern fighting styles and the fluidity of dance.
Our teaching style, contemporary Capoeira, is the taming of the once illegal fighting style born of the Portuguese slave trade. Mestre Bimba was the man who, in the 1930s, created the first Capoeira academy and formalised the game creating Capoeira Senzala or Regional, a more rigid style that mimics teaching techniques of Eastern martial arts. This style combined with the more fluid Capoeira Angola is the contemporary Capoeira taught by our group - Cordão de Ouro (the gold belt group).
Capoeira classes can be found in the city centre, but this society brings the teachers onto campus twice a week, not only giving all students access to the excellent teaching our group has to offer but also the opportunity to extend their learning using the town classes (which are taught at a higher level).
Still, Capoeira is more than just a sport. The friendships forged in the deceitful yet cheeky style the games are played in create a close knit and welcoming community that spans all ages from this University, Trent University and non-students from the town classes.
No previous experience is necessary, just show up in comfortable clothes you can easily move in and give it a go.
Capoeira is played in a circle or roda. This is some footage of a roda in Nottingham's Old Market Square.
This is some footage of some of our masters playing at one of the grading ceremonies in 2007.
Please see the link on the side bar for details of weekly classes.