The history of the art of Capoeira

Capoeira is a martial art, or fighting style that has its roots in Brazil. It was once thought be a dance, but it turns out that the dance like nature of the moves of Capoeira, were just a show to prevent the slave-masters in the new world from learning that the inhabitants were actually training themselves to rise up and fight for their freedom.

The Brazilians are a proud people, with a rich cultural heritage which they make sure to preserve wherever they go throughout the world. The sacred art of Capoeira is no exception to this rule, and now schools have been opened up throughout the entire world (Mundo in Portuguese), and people of every nation, color, and creed are discovering this beautiful and timeless art.

Some students choose to learn the move set just as a form of exercise, others really dive into the artistic ‘dance’ element, and incorporate the moves into their performance art. Yet some others train in serious combat, and compete against masters of other martial arts such as Karate, Judo, BJJ, Tae Kwon Do, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, and countless more.

It’s important to stay humble when pursuing the knowledge of any kind of fighting style, and to make sure that you are never using what you’ve learned to harm another human being. These arts are for self-defense and self betterment only, and to elevate people and cultures, not to damage or degrade any others.

Capoeira is also a very sensuous art, and many practitioners have fully transitioned into incorporating many of the positions into their personal love-making sessions. This is of course not something that is openly practiced in public Capoeira schools throughout the world, but the community that employs this dance-fighting is a very non judgemental one and will usually say ‘to each their own’ when it comes to these unorthodox and sometimes controversial expressions of the original style.

For someone who has never seen Capoeira, they will often be amazed by the seemingly superhuman mobility of the fighters. This is why a great many of the dojos throughout the realm have begun to hold open exhibitions to present the exotic dance to the public masses who for the most part have not been exposed to this cultural curiosity.


Welcome to Amazonas Capoeira Brighton


Welcome everyone to the Amazonas Capoeira Brighton website. A lot has happened in the past few months and due to certain changes in our lives, we are no longer Grupo Cordão De Ouro. We are now Amazonas Capoeira Brighton, part of Amazonas Capoeira in London. We hope this close collaboration will lead to new opportunities to share our Capoeira with as many people as possible.

All classes are running as normal so please come along.

Well, it’s taken me long enough but it’s finally done. Hope you all like the new site. Any thoughts/comments please email to me (see the contact section).

Professor Boneco is from Fortaleza, Ceara (Brasil). He started training capoeira in 1982 when he was just 6 years old, Boneco’s whole family are Capoeiristas. His brother, Contre Mestre Zangado is based in Marseille, France. His sisters Vo and Brisa are based in London, running Amazonas Capoeira.
Boneco has been in England for the past 2 years, working with his family to promote Capoeira. Their dream is to be able to teach and share their knowledge of Capoeira to people of all backgrounds, sexes and ages. In their work they strive to pass on all aspects of Capoeira to their students: music, movements, history, ritual, and culture.
The family’s work is based in London and Brighton, each year they arrange international capoeira events and invite Mestres and teachers from around the world to share their knowledge with the UK students.
Check the forum for upcoming events.

Amazonas Capoeira Brighton has the privilege to be developing its work and objectives within Community by fusing all aspect about the Art Form of Capoeira in Uk, Our School was founded by My two Sisters Vo ( Rilene) and Brisa (Rejane) in London, and We have now been together in our achievements and dreams, with also my other sister Cebolinha (Paulinha),who has been sharing all her knowledge with Capoeira east London Area, to Promote, Support and Help  ALL AGES in both places Brighton and London.
We are family who come from Fortaleza in Ceara – Brasil, Amazonas capoeira has been established in London in 1994, but in Brighton in 2001, where we have been learning – working and sharing its value to the community of Brighton & hove.

We will start our first 6 WEEKS MUSIC COURSE.

DATES ARE : 24 th of September – 1st ,8th, 15th, 29th of October then 5th of NovemberCosts are: Amaz-Members Can use 12 Classes Card in it or £5 per session /

At West Hill community Centre
On Compton Avenue
Seven Dials Brighton


Day Level Location Time
Sunday All levels Amazonas Academy 15:00 – 18:00
Monday All levels St. Joseph’s Church Hall 18:00 – 19:30
Tuesday Beginners St. Joseph’s Church Hall 18:30 – 20:00
All levels St. Joseph’s Church Hall 20:00 – 21:30
Wednesday Beginners Amazonas Academy 18:30 – 20:00
Advanced Amazonas Academy 20:00 – 21:30
Thursday Beginners New Wagner Hall 18:30 – 20:00
All levels new Wagner Hall 20:00 – 21:30
Saturday Beginners Soho Sports Centre 20:00 – 21:30
Lessons cost £6 each, £5 concession for students/unemployed (student ID required)
New Wagner Hall
St. Martin & St. Wilfred’s Church
37 Lewes Road
St. Joseph’s Church Hall
Milton Road
Amazonas Capoeira Academy
PFI Hall
3 Wedmore St
N19 4RU
Soho Sports Centre
Camden High Street,
Directly opposite Camden Town tube
(Above the shops)
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