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Capoiera – Scheduled
COST: $45.00 per month

Capoeira’s history probably begins with the adoption of African slavery in Brazil. Since the 16th century, Portugal extensively adopted slavery to man their colonies, coming mainly from West and Central Africa. Brazil, with its vast territory, was the major destination of African slaves, receiving 38.5% of all slaves sent by ships across the Atlantic Ocean.

Capoeira has a long and controversial history, since historical documentation in Brazil was very scarce in its colonial times. Evidences, studies and oral tradition leave little doubt about its Brazilian roots, but it is impossible to precisely identify the exact Brazilian region or time it began to take form.

In the 16th century Portugal had one of the biggest colonial empires of the world, but it lacked people to actually colonize it. In the Brazilian colony the Portuguese, like many European colonists, opted to use slavery to supply this shortage of workers. Colonists tried to enslave Brazilian natives in the beginning, but this quickly proved too difficult for many reasons, including the familiarity natives had with the land. The solution was importing slaves from Africa.[1]

In its first century the main economic activity in the colony was the production and processing of sugarcane. Portuguese colonists used to create large sugarcane farms called engenhos, farms which extensively used enslaved workers. Slaves, living in inhumane and humiliating conditions, were forced to work hard and often suffered physical punishment for any small misbehaviour.[1] Even though slaves outnumbered the Portuguese colonists, the lack of weapons, the colonial law, the disagreement between slaves coming from different African cultures and their complete lack of knowledge about the land and its surroundings would usually discourage the idea of a rebellion.

In this environment Capoeira began to develop. More than a fighting style, it was created as a hope of survival, a tool with which an escaped slave, completely unequipped, could survive in the hostile, unknown land and face the hunt of the capitães-do-mato, colonial agents armed and mounted in charge of finding escapees.

(Source: Wikipedia)

The Instructor:
Master Kasiem began his training in Tang Soo Do at age 4 and has made it to 4th Dan.  He has been training in hip hop dance since he was 10 and Capoeira dance since the age of 16.  He has been faithfully training and instructing ever since.  Kasiem has performed on multiple television commercials and shows such as Soul Train, and he has participated in at least 50 formal performances a year.  He has won various hip hop titles such as, 1999’s Break Dance Champion.


Please call Master Umar Khalid at  623-931-8684


Reginald T 02-01-2017, 20:54

I am interested in learning Capoeira. How do I start? What are your class schedules? The contact number at http://www.khalidsmartialarts.com/capoiera/ does not work.

Please reply or call 480-387-1576


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