Capoeira is an African-Brazilian art form that combines dance,
martial arts, music and acrobatics. Africans in Brazil created Capoeira
over 400 years ago as a way to defend themselves and maintain their
culture in the face of the harsh and oppressive conditions of slavery.
Capoeira and Capoeiristas - those who practice the art - have survived
tremendous odds to develop their art form while facing discrimination
from the upper and middle classes of Brazilian society. Capoeira was
illegal to practice up until the early 1930s, when legendary Mestre
Bimba founded the first legal Capoeira Academy and created a new,
contemporary style of the art, Capoeira Regional. Practiced in a circle
called a roda (pronounced ho-dah) and accompanied by live music,
Capoeira can be graceful or combative as the situation dictates.
Originally considered a lower class pastime, Capoeira is now a living
art and profound social force throughout the world.
Omulu Capoeira group is led by world-renowned Capoeira master, Mestre Preguiça.
Mestre Preguiça has a unique and important
role in the history and development of the art. The group's mission is to
promote the art of Capoeira through the development of high-quality
training academies, professional performance groups, and community
culture and education programs. Chapters include San Francisco, New
York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Wisconsin, Massachusetts,
Minneapolis, Japan, Brazil, Canada and Mexico.