Capoeira Social Project believes in education for body, mind, and life. And all of this is done through the media of capoeira!
Education for the body, through capoeira movements and maculele, helps students stay in shape. Through the training of the martial art itself, participants gain strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, rhythm, self-awareness, and self-confidence.
Capoeira is first and foremost, expressive! Students are given every possible tool to learn how to communicate with their bodies and express themselves in every aspect. Students will find a new level of movement regardless of their age, background, or previous experience.
Education for the mind, through capoeira music and the Portuguese language, helps students become bilingual (Bilingualism has shown to improve cognition and standardized test scores, as well as wards off dementia). Through songs and presentations, students also learn about Brazilian history through the history of capoeira which has its roots in slavery and abolition. Brasilian folk heroes and their American counterparts are covered. Mathematics is also a standard topic in class. It is used to describe the geometry and physics of movements.
Education for life is a broad topic covered in classes. Capoeira is a very philosophical as most martial arts. Mestre Pastinha once said “A capoeira é tudo que a boca come” which translates to “Capoeira is everything that the mouth eats.” This can be interpreted in many ways, but CSP chooses to see this as “capoeira can be found in everything.” Dance or fight, life is full of decisions.
Through workshops on how to make the musical berimbau, pandeiro, and caxixi instruments, students learn to work with their hands. For berimbaus and caxixis they also learn about agricultural skills needed to grow the materials. Students learn how to think about and look at items to find a different purpose, eg: for caxixis and pandeiros, students learn how to up-cycle 2L soda bottles. All of these skills can be transferred to future occupational areas.