Don’t miss the Open House on Saturday Oct. 8th 2016

On Saturday October 8th, 2016 the Arte Capoeira Center will hold its annual Open House, opening the doors to all New Yorkers who want to experience this unique Brazilian martial art.


For all the fitness fiends that will be up to the challenge, Instrutor Mucuiu will introduce the participants to the basics of capoeira, its origins and music. The presentation will include also the impressive maculele and the exuberant samba de roda, which will give a taste of the rich folkloric traditions surrounding capoeira.


The kids class will be from 12 to 1 pm and it’s open to kids 4 to 10 years old.

The adult class will be from 12 to 2 pm.


Capoeira is an ancient Brazilian martial art, invented by the African slaves in the XVI century. It combines power, speed, and leverage for a variety of kicks and spins, which are performed following the music of traditional percussion instruments and songs.


Today capoeira still epitomizes the spirit of Brazil with its dexterity, trickery, poetry and music.


Benefits of capoeira practice include: endurance, strength, flexibility and weight loss.

Independence Day Class Schedule

Saturday July 2nd and Monday July 4th, class is canceled due to the Independence Day National Holiday, we will be back to regular schedule Wednesday July 6th, to help you work out all the BBQ and trimmings.

We wish to all our students, friends and their families a Happy 4th of July!




Four capoeira exercises for knees and legs [Videos]

Capoeira is a great activity to strengthen legs, from the point of your toes to the gluteus maximus, many capoeira moves engage an array of muscles that need to be appropriately conditioned to avoid injuries and allow improvement.

In particular, knees is an area that capoeristas need to pay special attention to, because from the basic ginga and cadeira to take-downs like tesoura many capoeira moves put particular strain on this crucial leg articulation.

At the Arte Capoeira Center, Instrutor Mucuiù always starts the class with a thorough warm-up that conditions muscles and at the same time refines the execution of the basic capoeira moves, which is the main factor for avoiding injury from strain.

Here are four simple capoeira exercises to strengthen your leg and knee muscles – shoulders and arms too. They are performed with the elastic band for increased performance and control, but beginners should start without it.


Cadeira + Galopante combination



Focus: work on hamstring & quadriceps muscles, balance and defense with arms


Kick Prep Exercise: Strength and Balance



Focus: setting up for the kick working on abdominals & quadriceps, also arms work is important for balance and defense.


Bençao + Cadeira



Focus: quadriceps, hamstrings, calves and abdominals. Movement control and balance.


Queixada + Cadeira



Focus: lower quadriceps, hamstrings, abdominals, balance and kick control





No Capoeira Class on Memorial Day

Just a reminder that Monday May 30th 2016 there will be no capoeira class due to the National Holiday.

Saturday May 28th regular class for kids and adults from 12 to 2 p.m.

Enjoy the holiday!