BRAZIL: Learn capoeira in Rio de Janeiro - THE CAPOEIRA MECCA

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activities: Activity Holidays / Community Volunteer Projects / Fitness holidays / Cultural Tours / Martial Arts Training
Country: Brazil
Location : Rio de Janeiro
Duration: 2 weeks to 1 year
Approx Costs: 500 to 1000 £ Pound (UK)

BECOME A CAPOEIRA MASTER - You’ll be taught the art of Capoeira for 6 hrs / week, split into 3 lessons held in the late afternoons. 

Speak to anyone who has ever been a part of a Capoeira roda and you’ll see their eyes light up! Capoeira is not only a martial art, a dance and an art form steeped in Afro-Brazilian culture. Capoeira is a language, a form of self expression and an avenue which will help you to find a new freedom inside yourself. It’s also the perfect way to get to grips with a deep understanding of Brazilian culture.

 

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING A COURSE:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into a different culture.
  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

Born of oppression and slavery in Brazil, the unique style of Capoeira brings beauty and power together, developing mental balance, physical conditioning, self-defense, music and a profound sense of art. The music dictates the way the game or jogo will be conducted.

Capoeira is a discipline that requires great flexibility, strength, rhythm and physical control based upon the principles of spontaneity, energy, interaction and trickery. Yet capoeira is also about freedom, the freedom to move, to interact, to communicate and to be, without limitations. Capoeira teaches you to about yourself and about life from its own unique perspective. Capoeira is extremely social and you will meet many interesting people through this art.

 

THE COURSE:

You’ll be taught the art of Capoeira for 6 hours per week, split into three lessons normally held in the late afternoons. You will also be given the option of taking part in learning the music of Capoeira. Music lessons will be held for three hours each week. The Music lessons are optional but are included for you as part of your course, and highly recommended for the full capoeira experience!

 

BEGINNERS - YES YOU CAN!

Capoeira is good for everyone. The first time you experience capoeira, it seizes you. Its intoxicating energy, skill and beauty capture your attention and imagination. It also strikes as intimidating and something that you yourself could never do. This is not true! If you liked running about as a child, going upside down, jumping around and playing games with your friends, you will love capoeira.

The basic moves are simple and with a little practice they are easy to learn. You do not need to be particularly fit, flexible or have any background in martial arts or dance to learn capoeira. All that you need for capoeira, capoeira will teach you. All that you need right now is intrigue and enthusiasm!

Let capoeira change your life. Let it happen in the sunny hedonism of a country beating with the sacred rhythm of the berimbau.

 

RIO DE JANEIRO:

The colourful city of Rio, jammed between miles of coastline and mountains, is regarded as one of the world’s greatest and most beautiful cities in the world. It pulses with life and deserves its reputation as Cidade Maravilhosa (Wonderful City). The inhabitants of Rio, known locally as Carioca’s, pursue pleasure like no other people, fully utilizing their impressive beaches with beautiful people, samba, ice cold beers and the local firewater, cachaça!

"Those leaving after a stay in the city, apart from memories of the music, the flavours and the colours, take also something that has no translation - Saudade - (pronounced sau-dá-dji). It is the feeling of nostalgia, of missing something that you had while in Rio, and the certainty that the feeling will only go away when you come back. It is not for nothing that the greatest symbol of the city is waiting for you with open arms. Always."
- Rio Convention Bureau

 

WHY NOT COMBINE TRAVELLERS PROJECTS IN RIO? SUCH AS:

  • Teach or volunteer
  • Music courses (a variety of local percussion/styles for you to choose from)
  • Study Portuguese
  • Photography courses
  • Care and crèche work
  • Learn to surf
  • Dance and sports coaching

 

OUR PARTICIPANTS SAY....

"Capoeira is a completely unique Brazilian art-form. The two players try and outsmart each other, avoiding incoming kicks and transforming their defenses to attack from different angles. The spectators stand around the players playing the music that dictates the style and pace of the game, all the while singing songs that recall Capoeira's past history and culture. Capoeira has evolved over hundreds of years, assimilating elements of modern martial arts whilst retaining its cultural heritage and influences to produce a dazzling show of skill and interaction." Amazonas Brighton

‘During the walk around the world (‘volta ao mundo’) you will find all there is in life, good and evil. The success of the walk will depend on your capabilities as a player, particularly, your personality, your disposition, and lots of malicia.’ - Master Burguês

 

WHAT TO DO NEXT:

Most of our team are ex volunteers and are ideally qualified to offer advice and guidance because they know what you're looking for. They'll help you find your perfect project - and then make it all happen! If you’d like more information about this or any of our projects, please email or call us!

Start Dates

Flexible start and finish dates you choose. Our placements are flexible and can be tailored to match your preferences. For availability please contact the office.

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £795 for two weeks. You can participate for up to one year, subject to visa requirements.
Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, homestay, apartment or flat).
You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.
Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.

Requirements

No qualifications or previous experience are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm! Everyone is welcome on a Travellers programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities. This placement would suit anyone who wants to make a real difference, wants first-hand experience of a different culture and has initiative

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