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!

Get ready for Rio 2016 with Capoeira

 In less than 11 weeks the 31st Olympic Games will open in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, it’s time to get fit and in the right Brazilian mood, with capoeira!


To help New Yorkers get ready for the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games, the Arte Capoeira Center in New York City offers a free 1 week pass for capoeira classes to all new students from May to August 2016.

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.

Founded in 2003 by Instrutor Mucuiu, the Arte Capoeira Center is one of the leading capoeira schools in New York City and it is part of the ABADA Capoeira group, the largest capoeira association in the world.

Instrutor Mucuiu has been teaching capoeira in the New York area for more than 20 years and he constantly works to refine capoeira techniques to improve training efficiency  and prevent injury.

Download your pass now!