What is capoeira?

Capoeira is a tradition with roots in African martial arts, music and dance. It came to be in the form we see it today as members of different Africans peoples were enslaved and brought to Brazil as part of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Capoeira is the embodiment of a rich history and traditions of resistance, carrying within it the various philosophies, histories and spiritualities of many African peoples, indigenous peoples from Brazil, and their descendants. If you’d like to see capoeira angola being played, check out the video on our About page.

What are the origins of your group?

Our group in Toronto is part of a particular lineage, and a larger school called Grupo de Capoeira Angola Semente do Jogo de Angola. Our Master is Mestre Jogo de Dentro, disciple of the late Mestre João Pequeno de Pastinha. For more information on the group please visit the links section of our website, here.

Is capoeira angola different from other types of capoeira? How?

Our lineage of capoeira angola is one with a strong focus on the roots of all capoeira in African-Brazilian world-view and traditions. Within our group we seek to maintain the traditions of capoeira as passed from Mestre Pastinha, to Mestre Jaoa Pequeno, to Mestre Jogo de Dentro.

Visitors arriving from other capoeira schools might notice a few differences. Angola, as practised in our school, emphasizes the significance of every movement as part of a dialogue with your partner. There is also a great amount of work done on the floor, and on all fours. You’ll also notice we always wear shoes, and we encourage our visitors to do the same. See below for more information on what to wear to our classes.

If you’d like to see capoeira angola being played, check out the video on our About page.

Do you have beginners classes?

Yes! We welcome beginners and encourage you to contact us if you’re interested in attending class. Check the front page of the website for a summary of our schedule, or take a look at a more detailed schedule on the Schedule and Events page.

What should I wear to class?

If you’re a beginner, we encourage you to come to class wearing comfortable clothing that allows for a full range of motion. Classes can be strenuous, so come ready to sweat.

-Comfortable, full-length, pants (sweat pants, exercise pants, either with a belt or draw-string etc).
-T-shirt long enough to be tucked into pants
-Comfortable, flat shoes. We recommend canvas shoes with flat rubber soles (martial arts shoes are ideal).

If you have played with another group and wish to visit, you’re welcome to wear your uniform while visiting. However, we do highly recommend shoes for capoeira angola!

I train/have trained with another group, can I visit your group?

Yes! However, we’d appreciate if you emailed us beforehand to let us know you were coming, and share some info about yourself. Email capoeiraangolato@gmail.com.

Where/when are classes?

Our classes are currently held out of several locations and at different during the week. Check the front page for a summary of class times and location information.

Capoeira Centre Ori

Link to Facebook group