All you need to know about Capoeira
We talk with Kirsten Wong who teachers Capoeria to Auckland children to find out what it is and why your kids might enjoy trying it.
What is Capoeira?
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian fighting style and art form with a deep history dating back around the 1500s with the slave trade of African people to Brazil.
What are the benefits for children to learn Capoeira?
What ages can children start to learn Capoeira?
We have had children as young as 5 learn Capoeira with us, but open to meeting kids of all ages to see how they are drawn to movement and music.
What gear do you need when you start Capoeira?
What usually happens when a Capoeira club gets together?
How long does it take to play capoeira like a pro?
What made you become a Capoeira teacher?
What do you enjoy about teaching Capoeira to children the most?
Finlay McCallum who is 8 years old tells us why he likes Capoeira.
My name is Finlay McCallum. I am eight years old and I have been practising Capoeira for three years. I go to kids Capoeira classes at the Birkdale Community House, which is near to where I live in Beach Haven.
I have the brown corda (belt) which is the third kids’ belt and it represents the earth – the soil on which the newly arrived slaves in Brazil laboured, while being subjected to sub-human conditions. This belt is all about gaining awareness of my path in Capoeira, and how much I need to work to achieve success.
There are lots of things I love about Capoeira. I like the music and the flow of it. I also like the feel of the cartwheel, because it makes me feel like I am flying.
By Finlay McCallum