Why should you learn capoeira with Tucson Capoeira – UCA?

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Young male capoeira partners performing kicks indoors
Flexible woman performing a capoeira jumping kick
Group of capoeira students with master teacher
Handsome mixed capoeira performer flipping mid air

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that was created during the time of African slavery in Brazil as a means for the locals to defend themselves from the colonists who exported almost 40 percent of the enslaved to the new world. The enslaved people disguised the combat form through the art of dance.

Meanwhile, in this generation, capoeira is significantly popular among people that it was highly used in the film or gaming industry such as Tekken or Mortal Kombat: Rebirth. Anyone can learn capoeira and here’s why you should  too!

If you want to start capoeira, or if you’ve ever seen capoeira and were curious about it, you’ve come to the right place.  Tucson Capoeira – UCA is waiting for you!

Capoeira has some impressive health benefits, such as:

  • Strength: Capoeiristas are always moving around on their hands in handstands, rolls, poses, etc. that can make a drastic improvement on upper body strength. They also perform many jumping kicks and movements that definitely improve leg strength.
  • Flexibility: Some capoeiristas are on par with yoga practitioners in terms of their flexibility.
  • Cardio and Stamina: Intense capoeira games can require enormous amounts of energy. This, combined with constant repetition of movements and techniques, makes capoeira a valuable cardio exercise.
  • Overall Fitness: Capoeira will improve your strength, flexibility, and stamina, thus improving your overall fitness. It may take a while to become fit, but once you start to take capoeira seriously you can become the picture of health.

Capoeira can also improve your social life:

  • Meet new people: When you join a capoeira group, you become part of a family. You will meet people from all over the world, and you will definitely make new friends along the way.
  • Learn a new language: You may not become fluent (though that’s always a possibility), but there is no doubt that you will come to understand and perhaps speak a bit of Brazilian Portuguese.
  • Learn about a new culture: Capoeira is deeply connected to Brazil. In a time when many martial arts are reduced to aerobic workouts and cookie cutter dojos, capoeira maintains all of its roots and traditions. Maybe you’ll even develop a taste for Brazilian food!
  • Gain confidence: If nothing else, capoeira is perfect for instilling a sense of pride and confidence in anyone who plays. Not only will you feel stronger and more courageous once you become comfortable in the jogo, you’ll find confidence in knowing that you are unique among your (non-capoeira) peers because you can do things they couldn’t imagine doing.

It improves health fitness. Do you want to slim down and remove toxins out from your body? Capoeira is a complete workout that can seriously burn 300 to 500 calories in an hour of practice. And unlike most exercise sets, this martial art requires improvisation that will challenge your body to move and stretch those muscles.

It develops your body coordination. Here’s what you’ll be improving: strength, cardio, stamina, and flexibility. Capoeira hits your arms, legs, glutes and core as you perform a series of kicks, headstands, planks and other acrobatic poses. And since you’ll be moving in a swift, rapid manner, undoubtedly you’ll be developing your speed skills as well.

Appreciation towards its music. Capoeira music has a recognizable Brazilian beat made with strings, drums, or simple clappings. It differs highly on the pace of the performer whether they want it to be slow or fast. Music with lyrics has Capoeiristas sing different subjects about life like love, life or history. If you practice capoeira, you’ll get to immerse yourself in their music and develop a particular appreciation and love for it.

It’s fun. Simple. People of all ages can practice capoeira. According to Glam Asia, “you will often see players relaxed, smiling and having fun during a roda – and you will also feel their energy is contagious!” What do you think? That explanation enough will get you to do capoeira now!

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