The Capoeira Social Project has been established for the purpose of providing instruction in and insight into the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira, specifically to underprivileged youth (ages 7-18, or grades 2-12) of Maryland with affiliates in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais Brazil.
Instruction focuses on the physical aspects of Capoeira: attack, defensive, evasive and flourish movements as well as their combinations and applications. There is an innate musical aspect to Capoeira and as such, the necessary musical (both vocal and instrumental) accompaniment is also taught. Through this organization, participants also gain understanding of the historical, philosophical, lyrical, and martial significance of Capoeira.
As a part of learning the movements and lyrics, participants also slowly learn Brazilian Portuguese. Through training of the martial art itself, participants gain strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, rhythm, self awareness and self confidence.
Future purpose of Capoeira Social Project will be to provide additional social services to the participants including but not limited to after-school tutoring in math, reading/writing, and sciences.