Today I’d love to share with you a bit about Capoeira and why I love it so much! Capoeira for those who don’t know is a beautiful mix of Brazilian martial art, dance, culture and music. It’s such a unique blend that for me it feels that Capoeira is alive. In this blog I’ll share my Capoeira story but it has a rich history on its own which you can read about here if you’re interested.
I first saw Capoeira in my 3rd year of high school when Grześ and his friends came to my school to promote an art camp. They said a bit about the camp and then started a rather unique show. It looked like something between fight and dance and to be honest I’ve never saw anything like that plus the boys who were playing Capoeira were wearing rather tight white trousers so totally caught my attention LOL but seriously they were showing an amazing thing that I really wanted to try.
SO I signed up for the camp and two months later I ended up going for something that changed my life forever (and it’s not only because I got to know Grześ more and after half a year we started dating :P)!
Fast forward to today after having many different teachers in Poland and here in the UK, I settled with one group and for the past 5 and a half year I train Capoeira regularly. My most intense year was when I’ve trained 4 times a week and travel for Capoeira events to places like Brazil and Italy. Last year when I was pregnant I train twice per week most of the weeks and had my very last training 2 weeks before Gabriel was born 🙂 Now I train twice a week most weeks so you can see that I take it seriously 😛
I do it because I love it! It’s amazing what you can get out of it! During my pregnancy I couldn’t do much of the physical part but I did so much of the culture side. I signed and played instruments almost every day so no wonder why Gabriel loves listing to berimbau 🙂
Capoeira is by far my favourite sport and it’s not only the physical or cultural parts but also the people I’ve met through Capoeira, one of the best, most generous, kind and happy people I’ve ever met. These kind of people who will give you their family house to stay in while you’re visiting (that’s actually happened to me, my friend let us live in her mum apartment as the mum was away!). I was really fortunate to met super positive people that inspire me to do better and be better person.
If you’re interested in learning Capoeira then let me know or come along for summer beginners classes for parents with babies and children 🙂 That’s Thursdays at 4:30 at North Merchiston Club (48 Watson Crescent, EH11 1EP).
Until the next time!
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