Capoeira is a form of Brazilian martial arts that combines fighting, dancing, movement and rhythm. It is described as a conversation between players through which movement takes on certain meanings, much like many dances throughout human history. Capoeira has been an important symbol of Brazilian culture for hundreds of years.
The Fashion Report’s Beauty Team thought the class sounded like a lot of fun and decided to give it a try. Below are the team’s personal thoughts on the class, along with some helpful tips on what to expect from the exciting workout experience.
“Capoeira is like break dancing if someone was trying to kick you.” – Renzo: Capoeira instructor at CSU Recreation Center
“For this class, I would have to say my favorite part was when we were broken up into two groups and the instructor worked with each of us on a one vs. one “battle.” As beginners, and not being able to do half of the moves, he made the experience fun and enjoyable by helping each person step-by-step.
If I were to tell someone how to prepare for this class, I would just say to keep an open mind and pay close attention to the feet movements. It was a lot different than any yoga class, as this was more of an out-of-the-box exercise for the average person. I would definitely recommend this class to a friend. The instructor was great, the experience was something new and the atmosphere was fun!”
“Capoeira at the Rec Center was seriously such a fun experience! I really loved how it was like a choreographed dance with kicks and spins like you were in a fight scene of an action film. The teacher went step-by-step showing us the proper moves to do with our partner while making it exciting and a very good workout (you will feel how tough it is the next day… especially going up stairs). This workout is definitely a full body one, with a lot of the moves involving squatting down- making it great for the legs. While the spins and floor exercises really work your arms.
My favorite part of the class was actually how unique and culturally influenced it was. The music was perfect for Capoeira and at the end of the class, while our teacher played a Berimbau (musical bow), we sang a traditional call-and-answer tune. This class is really different than other fitness classes: it is an experience that gets you up and working out with a smile on your face.”
“I had a lot of fun trying Capoeira for the first time. I really enjoyed how beginner-friendly the environment was, and how the class was very interactive. What sets this class apart from other fitness classes I have taken is that it feels like you are learning an art form rather than just exercising. It challenged my mind as much as my body. Since I was focusing on if I was doing the movements correctly, I did not even feel like I was working out!”
“I find that the gym can get very boring and tedious. This is why I enjoy taking fitness classes. This class was no exception: it was fun, interesting and challenging. I have never done Capoeira before, but the teacher was very supportive and made the class adaptable for people at any experience level.
It was a fun atmosphere and a great workout. I would definitely recommend this class, if not for an interesting addition to your workout routine, than as a fun experience just to try out.”
“In my personal experience with the Capoeira class, my biggest advice to anyone wanting to try it out would be to go into the class with an open mind. This class is not your typical cardio or weight lifting session.
Like the teacher said, this class is basically dancing while trying not to get hit in the face. I completely agree. The whole class is kind of like being taught fighting skills, while moving in fluid motions. I definitely felt like a beginner in the class, but the whole environment was extremely welcoming and fun if you put in the effort. It is a great workout for someone who hates doing the typical exercises. At many points I forgot I was even at a workout class, but my sore muscles the next day proved otherwise. The cultural aspect of the class is incredibly interesting and overall I would definitely be willing to try the class again.”
So if you are looking for a fun workout class, and maybe even a cultural experience, why not try out CSU’s Capoeira class which is held on Monday’s from 6:30-7:30. Or why not check out the Rec Center’s spring schedule and find another fun workout class.