In early January we welcomed Sam and Jaz from Capoeira Communities for a whole school Capoeira Day.
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. It was developed in Brazil mainly by Angolans, at the beginning of the 16th century. It is known for its quick and complex maneuvers, predominantly using power, speed, and leverage across a wide variety of kicks, spins and it fits very well into our PE curriculum with such a mixture of movements, physical literacy, agility, coordination and gymnastics.
Each class took part in a workshop session with the instructors, learning about the history of Capoeira, its music, instruments and then they began to learn the basic movements needed. Sam and Jaz broke these down into animal names for us calling them frog, spider and cat and then we moved onto kicks and dodges. Our favourite part was the stuck in the mud game where we got to practise all these new found skills.
Three things that we now all know about Capoeira.
It is part fight, part dance and part game.
You have to work together and have fun!
Only your feet, hands and head touch the floor.
Here are some photos from our day and some thoughts from the pupils.