What is Capoeira!

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  • Capoeira …
    is a Brazilian art form which combines fight, dance, rhythm and Capoeira is a dialog between players – a conversation through movement which can take on many shades of meaning. The details of capoeira’s origins and early history are still a matter of debate among historians, but it is clear that african slaves played a crucial role in the development of the artform. Some historians claim that slaves used capoeira’s dance-like appearance as a way to hide their training of combat and self defense. Capoeira’s many styles come out of the context of two principle branches that were formalized in the first half of the twentieth century following capoeira’s legalization. This is only the beginning of the story – look below to find out more. But to really understand capoeira, you need to see it for yourself

About this Group

Group Description:
We are an all-inclusive, afro-centric Capoeira Club dedicated to the practice ofCapoeira as taught by Capoeira Malandragem of the United Capoeira AssociationTucson, AZ.
Group’s principal activities, events, or programs:
We practice authentic capoeira weekly, even in summer and during breaks. Also, we hold summer sessions where we invite mestres from other schools.
How this group’s activities benefit the University community:
Capoeira is not exclusive to anyone and includes elements that are beneficial to all parts of life: physical fitness, music, history, language, psychology, cultural studies, physics, philosophy, and discipline. Students, faculty, and alumni gain a deeper education, a well-balanced lifestyle, and broader perspective unique to any other offering on campus.
How this group fits into its categories:
Capoeira is the national sport of Brazil so it is important to classify as a sports club. Classes involve intense physical training which promote positive health and wellness improvements, both physical and mental. Capoeiristas must also demonstrate a solid understanding of the cultural, historical, and philosophical contexts through which capoeira has evolved and is evolving, which include its creation and development by African slaves in Brazil and the role it has played in Brazilian culture.
How to get involved with this group:


Classes for the Spring 2016 semester are currently held at the Movement Culture (SE corner of 3rd & 9th), 435 E 9th St. C with Professor Besouro

You should come to cl.ass prepared for a steady workout and plenty of sweating. Wear long pants and a t-shirt which allow for a full range of motion and being upside-down. Shoes should be thin and light. Please arrive early enough to change and stretch.

Music Theory
1:00 PM
2:00 PM

Capoeira Fundamentals & Music @ Movement Culture
5:30 PM
7:00 PM

Adult & Teen Capoeira : Capoeira & Music @ Movement Culture
5:30 PM
7:00 PM

Introduction to Capoeira
6:00 PM
7:30 PM

Community Class & Open Roda
4:00 PM
6:00 PM

Contact Info

United Capoeira Association
(520) 603 .8043
Capoeira Malandragem


Praise Zenenga Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Africana Studies Program

Emily Monken Bell
Reggie Mufasa Myles
 Marquita Kyra Harris

PhD Student

School of Anthropology
University of Arizona


Currently Registered
Last Registered
June 1, 2015
Registration Expiration Date
September 30, 2017
Registered Student Organization
Cultural and Diversity, Health and Wellness, Sport Clubs and Recreation