“It not only imparts strength of a martial artist but also coordination of a dancer, flexibility of a gymnast, endurance of a marathon runner and rhythmic sense of a musician,” explains Reza Baba gleefully.
At about 10 a.m. young capoeira students from Omulu Capoeira in downtown Oakland performed in front of a small crowd.
Founded in 1997 under the artistic direction of Linda Yudin and Luiz Badaró, the Los Angeles-based Viver Brasil captivates audiences with its irrepressible blend of bold Afro-Brazilian dance theater and exuberant physicality, power, and passion drawn from orixa movement and rhythms, samba, capoeira, dança afro and bloco afro styles.
The Berkeley school … is renowned globally due to the work of … Mestre Acordeon, who began the school in Berkeley in 1997… He and his wife, Suellen Einarsen, known as Mestra Suelly, are preparing to retire from their role in day-to-day operations…
The beauty of the art form he says is the community aspect of it which brings everyone together. “The principles and values it places is on an entire community becoming stronger, together. In capoeira, we never ‘fight’, we ‘play’. The best part about it is the diversity which really makes you push yourself,” he says.