Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music, and is sometimes referred to as a game. It was developed in Brazil mainly by African descendants with native Brazilian influences, probably beginning in the 16th century. It is known by quick and complex moves, using mainly power, speed, and leverage for a wide variety of kicks, spins, and highly mobile techniques; at heart is the ginga, the back-and-forth, foot-to-foot movement that serves as the starting point for such leverage. Capoeira used in genuine self-defense situations incorporates many sweeps and low moves.

The word capoeira probably comes from the Tupi language, referring to the areas of low vegetation in the Brazilian interior where the game was played. It was invented by slaves and disguised as a dance in order to prevent its capoeiristas from punishment or execution for learning how to fight and defend themselves, which was forbidden to those who were legally defined as property. It is nearly always practiced to traditional Brazilian berimbau music.


Capoeira Nativos perustettiin syksyllä 2003. Opettajana on toiminut alusta lähtien brasilialainen Leo Cabeça, oikealta nimeltään Leonardo de Azevedo Mendes.Ryhmällä on takanaan pitkä historia ja laajasti toimintaa Suomessa.

Capoeira Nativos järjestää säännöllisesti workshoppeja, esiintymisiä, tapahtumia ja matkoja capoeiran synnyinjuurille Brasiliaan.

Our Brazilian teacher is Leo Cabeça (whose real name is Leonardo de Azevedo Mendes). He has been with Capoeira Nativos since it was established in 2003. Capoeira Nativos group has been active in Finland for 10 years!


Capoeira on afrobrasilialainen tanssin, musiikin, taistelun ja akrobatian yhdistelmä. Capoeira tunneilla opitaan liikkumista, potkuja, väistöjä ja akrobatiaa brasilialaisen opettajan johdolla. Musiikin soittaminen, rytmisoittimet ja laulut tulevat myös tunneilla tutuiksi. Laji sopii kaikille. Tervetuloa mukaan!

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial dance that combines acrobatics with African rhythms. Capoeira also includes song and berimbau playing. Capoeira is suitable to anyone with a normal fitness level. You need not be especially nimble or acrobatic; these skills will develop with training. Welcome new students!

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