Emperado Kajukenbo Academy
9460 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
First class is free for beginners!
$15 single class drop-in
$80 unlimited classes per month
Dress comfortably and be prepared to sweat. Make sure to bring water! We start each class by stretching, warming up, and then stepping right into Capoeira movements. The first Thu class of each month is dedicated to learning and practicing music.
What is capoeira?
Capoeira (pronounced cap-oh-era) is an Afro-Brazilian martial art with elements of dance, music, and acrobatics (think Eddy Gordo from Tekken!).
One experiences the essence of capoeira by playing a physical game called “jogo de capoeira” (game of capoeira) or simply jogo. During this ritualized combat, two capoeiristas have a fluid conversation of kicks, sweeps, takedowns, flips, and acrobatic movements, exchanging movements of attacks and defenses in a constant flow while observing rituals and proper manners of the art. Both players attempt to control the space by confusing the opponent with feints and deceptive moves. During the jogo, the capoeiristas explore their strengths and weaknesses, fears and fatigue, in a sometimes frustrating but nevertheless enjoyable and challenging process of personal expression, self-reflection, and growth.
Played to live music, capoeira involves more than just the physical aspect of the art but also history, music, ritual, and culture. You will learn to sing/speak in Portuguese, play instruments, and learn about the history and culture of capoeira.
Água Benta was formed in 2014 by Alan Letran (Instrutor Peritico), and is the Seattle chapter of the United Capoeira Association under the guidance of Mestre Acordeon, Mestre Rã, and Mestra Suelly. The UCA was born of Mestre Acordeon’s and Mestre Rã’s desire to create an organization in which they could work together with similar philosophical ideals while preserving their own identities. Currently, the UCA has groups throughout the United States and also in Mexico and Brazil.