Capoeira classes are taught by Mestre Panão and currently adults (13+ of age) and kids (4-12 years of age) classes are combined

Adults of any age or physical condition can start training. Classes focus on learning new techniques, reinforcing basic movements, and sharpening the mind and body. Training capoeira will help you develop strength, endurance, and flexibility. As you progress, you will also learn to play the instruments of capoeira, and learn the history and culture of the art. The first class is always free, so if you're interested, there's no excuse not to give it a shot! Or, if you are still not sure, feel free to come by and check out a class for yourself.

For kids, capoeira classes will not only help your child develop coordination and balance, but will also help him or her gain confidence, a sense of focus, and comfort in working with others. But most important, playing capoeira is just plain fun! No experience is required, of course. All your children have to do is bring their axé (capoeira energy) and they are sure to have a wonderful time.

Class Schedule

Monday: 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Thursday: 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM



101 Meadowlands Dr.

Hillsborough, NC 27278

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of workout will I get?

Capoeira will provide you with a cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility workout. When you begin your training or practice new techniques, expect to be sore for a couple of days. Don't worry! Your body will adjust. Just remember to stretch before and after training, and drink plenty of water.

Is there a class for beginners?

At Capoeira Resistência students of all skill levels train together in order to create and nurture a sense of community. Beginners can learn a lot by partnering with experienced students who can push theirlimits, encouraging faster learning. In turn, advanced students gain more control over their game by helping beginners, as well as skills in instructing others.

What can I expect in class?

Every class begins with a warm-up routine, followed by reinforcement of basic kicks, movements, and escapes. Afterward, class will typically consist of learning new techniques or developing known movements, either with a partner or as a whole class. Sometimes students will play a warm-up roda before class begins, or end class with a roda to practice their skills.

What do I wear?

Wear sporting clothes that make you feel comfortable and are suitable for a wide range of motion. Think 'gym clothes'. As a beginner, these are acceptable for training. As you progress past your initial classes however, you will be expected to purchase an official uniform.

How do I get one of those cords?

When you come to class you may notice some students with colored cords, or cordãos, around their waists. Capoeira Resistência holds an annual event each year, known as a batizado, in which cordãos are awarded based on achievement after adequate training and knowledge of the sport.

Do I have to wear shoes or can I go barefoot?

Some people prefer to play capoeira barefoot while others wear shoes. If you train capoeira barefoot your feet will need to grow accustomed to the movements and "toughen up". If you wear shoes it is best to wear indoor athletic shoes that are only intended for indoor training.

What do I call the teacher?

It is a rare privilege to receive capoeira training from someone with the title of Mestre. Therefore, as a sign of respect, we refer to him as Mestre Panão, or simply Mestre (pronounced mess-treh).

What do I do in the roda?

The roda (pronounced ho-da) is the circle in which capoeira is played. In the roda, you should apply the training and movements practiced in class, such as different kicks and escapes. If you can't think of anything else to do, just keep moving and stick to the basics. As your gain experience as a capoeirista, your game will progress, as well.

I don't know the words to songs!

The songs that accompany capoeira are sung in Portuguese. As a beginner, just clap along with the music and try to mimic the sounds of the chorus. Gradually, you will learn the words to the songs, and will gain some cross-cultural communication skills, too!

What instruments are played during the roda?

The songs and musical instruments of capoeira are an integral part of the art and history of capoeira. Together these instruments form the bateria, or ensemble, played during a roda. The bateria include:

The berimbau - a single-stringed bow-shaped instrument that sets the tone and rhythm of the game;

The pandeiro - a hand-held drum, similar to the tambourine;

The atabaque - a tall wooden-framed drum, similar to a conga drum; and

The agogô - a double gong bell made of wrought iron or wood