Água Benta | UCA Seattle

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Emperado Kajukenbo Academy
9460 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

There is parking in front of the academy. If you park in front of the salon, please park near the sidewalk to not interrupt their business.


First class is free for beginners!
$80 beginner series (includes 10 classes and a group t-shirt)

$15 single class drop-in
$120 for 10 class punchcard

First class?

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. You don\’t need any prior martial arts experience to join!

Contact Us

(425) 954-7094
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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.

Mestres And Teachers

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Mestre acordeon
Berkeley, CA
Mestre Acordeon (Ubirajara Almeida) is a student of the legendary Mestre Bimba. He was one of the early pioneers to bring Capoeira to the US in the late 70s and founded the UCA.
Mestre Rã
São Paulo, Brasil
Mestre Rã (Cassio Marthino) has been playing capoeira for over 30 yrs, training under many Mestres throughout Brasil and founded the UCA.
Mestra Suelly
Berkeley, CA
Mestra Suelly (Suellen Einarsen), the 1st American woman to become mestre, has played a vital role for women in capoeira. She was part of Mestre Acordeons 1st generation of students in the US.
professor pimenta
Oakland, CA
Pimenta (Seth Martinez) has been training for over 19 yrs. In 2001, he moved to Seattle and started Roda De Fogo. After moving back to the Bay, in 2010 he graduated and received the title of professor.
Instrutor Peritico
Seattle, WA
Peritico (Alan Letran) started training capoeira in 2003 under the guidance of Professor Pimenta. He began teaching in 2008 and started Água Benta in 2014.

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