CAPOEIRA ANGOLA IS… (pronounced Capo-air-a Ang-o-la):

A danced fight, a playful sparring involving style, wit, flexibility and strategy. Capoeira Angola weaves intricate movements, spirituality, mental and physical discipline, fight, and philosophy into a unique “game”. It is the only Martial Art that involves music in its ritual, and the whole energy emanates from the music. It is also very unique because it does not require physical contact. It is very rhythmic and ritualistic, and like many other African based traditions, is orally transmitted from master to student. It demands respect for tradition, and above all, for the wisdom and profound knowledge of its masters. As an African-Brazilian art form, it was used by enslaved Africans to combat the colonial oppression of the powerful Portuguese rulers. Its practitioners used this powerful weapon during revolts and in defense of the Quilombos-African communities/nations of formally enslaved Africans who organized according to African cultural forms. The Bantu origins of Capoeira (called “N’golo” by some) were relatively peaceful. It was a celebration in Africa where the tribes used to choose their "warriors". When Portugal used to go to Africa and bring slaves to Brazil in "Navios Negreiros", the preference was for strong "warrior" slaves. However, its later history is one of repression, struggle, and survival, and as such, it is oneness with the history of Blacks in Brazil and throughout the Diaspora. Consequently, the trajectory of Capoeira as art cannot be disconnected from its political and social nature.

Brazilian native indians were also part of Capoeira. They used to practice Capoeira with the african slaves. The "Caxixi" is a Brazilian native indian instrument that was incorporated to the berimbau.

Played in a circle, Capoeira Angola is infinitely varied, with an unlimited combination of movements of the legs, arms, torso, and head, feet to the sky, a leg whipping around, a smile, a grin and a gleam in the eye. Humor and seriousness, fun and struggle are joined in a continuum of movements and flourished pauses. The art is beautiful and inspiring to watch, featuring acrobatics, choreographed rituals and varied dance steps.

GRAND MESTRE PASTINHA, (1889-1981): Opened the first Capoeira Angola School, The Academia de Capoeira  Angola, in 1941 in the city of SalvadorBahia, BrazilMestre Pastinha dedicated his life to preserving and continuing the long tradition of this African martial art. He taught Capoeira Angola as a path of self-knowledge and mastery. Mestre Pastinha was the first Capoeira Mestre (master) to write a book on Capoeira's history, philosophy and practice: "Capoeira Angola" (3rd edition 1988). He went to Africa with his students to participate in the FESTAC (Festival of African Arts and Culture) activities during the 1970's and has made musical albums promoting the music of this martial art.

Mestre Pastinha playing

Mestre Grande wants to teach in Brooklyn, New York in the same tradition as learned from his Master. Mestre Grande is part of the 2nd generation of Capoeiristas under the lineage of Mestre Pastinha. We are committed to teach Capoeira Angola based on what our ancestors taught us. Love, dignity, freedom, respect, discipline and non-violence are our principles.

The mission of Grupo de Capoeira Angola “Eu Sou Angoleiro…” is to freedom, self-respect and respect of community. 
Our objectives include forming a very positive and strong group of angoleiros with the ability to sing, play the instruments, execute the movements, and have knowledge of the roots, rituals and traditions of Capoeira Angola. Every member of the group should feel they are important part of the community and the knowledge is shared equally.

Grão Mestre Dunga                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mestre João Bosco

Capoeira Angola: Fluid, dance like movements done close to the ground. With shifty rhythmic movements, combined with the look of playfulness or vulnerability an adversary is brought to defeat. The basic technique through which the Capoeira Angola player develops the game is the Ginga, a shifty side-to-side movement. At the heart of the art is the music lead by the Berimbau, a steel stringed bow instrument with a gourd resonator. When Capoeira Angola is played the Berimbau signals the beginning and the end of each game, and governs the style and speed of the play. The Berimbau is usually joined by the Pandeiro (Tambourine), the Atabaque (a conga-like drum), the Agogô (African bell), and the reco-reco (scraper).

Capoeira Angola Center Eu Sou Angoleiro Mestre João Grande Dunga Freebrook Brooklyn New York NY

Capoeira Angola Center Eu Sou Angoleiro Mestre João Grande Dunga Freebrook Brooklyn New York NY
- A, C Train to Utica Avenue -

Tuesdays  - 7:15 to 9:00 PM
Thursdays - 7:15 to 9:00 PM

Saturdays - 3:00 to 6:00 PM

All classes & Roda are open to all levels, beginners included. Students from other academies may wear shirts from their respective schools for both classes & Roda.

All students (new & visiting) should wear comfortable shoes and a t-shirt (preferably white) that can be tucked into pants (preferably white too) with a belt.
Capoeira Angola Center Eu Sou Angoleiro Mestre João Grande Dunga Freebrook Brooklyn New York NY

Capoeira Angola Center Eu Sou Angoleiro Mestre João Grande Dunga Freebrook Brooklyn New York NY

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