Women gaining strength in capoeira

Read about our Instructors the Oakland Tribune.

Its unusual movement — part dance and theater, part martial arts display — first attracted Oakland’s Mary Schindler to the Afro-Brazilian art form capoeira. She wanted to learn how to dance and came across a poster advertising capoeira instruction. Curious, she checked out a class and was hooked. Twelve years later — with a one-year residence in Brazil learning the art — Schindler credits capoeira for her community of friends.

“I love the movement, I love the music and it’s kind of a vehicle for self-growth,” she says.

Capoeira requires practitioners to kick high, squat low and bend and stretch in ways that test the bones and muscles. In live capoeira performances, participants form a circle. Each will have the opportunity to spar, sing and play Brazilian music. (…)


North Oakland academy teaches capoeira to area youth

Notes on our work in the Oakland North local news site.

CAPOEIRA_main-620x413On a Tuesday afternoon, in a Piedmont Avenue studio between a yogurt shop and a purveyor of vintage European goods, Yania Escobar has her kinder warriors—a half dozen 3 to 5 year olds — gathered around one of the many perfect circles outlined on the gym floor in colored tape. Escobar crouches over. She steps from one foot to the other, swaying side to side, while moving her arms about in front of her.

“Can anyone tell me what this move is called?” she asks.

“Ginga!” shouts one of the students. It’s pronounced sheen-gah, and it’s a capoeira word—Brazilian and African, like capoiera itself. The opportunity to practice this martial art and other elements of Brazilian culture brings Bay Area adults and kids to Mandinga Academy and Brazil Center on a regular basis. (…)



Check out this cool feature in agogo magazine.

AgogoMagazineIn January 1999, Mestre Vladimir Frama interviewed Marcelo Pereira (Mestre Caveirinha) in Fortaleza on his participation in the development of the videogame Tekken 3 and the expansion of capoeira.

Vladimir: Mestre Caveirinha, you’re starring in the videogame Tekken 3. How did that happen?
Caveirinha: Two years before the game was created, I attended an international capoeira meeting in San Francisco. I met one of the future creators of the game, who called me afterwards asking me to send him a capoeira video for this project. I sent a video, forgot all about it and never heard from him. Until two years later, when he called me to say they were executing the project and needed me to immediately come to Japan, Tokyo to be precise. (…)