Capoeira is a full body and mental workout! Through intensive training, one who practices capoeira earns physical and emotional strength, balance, rhythm, coordination, positive energy and respect for others.
It's OK to be out of shape when you begin capoeira! Capoeira develops strength, flexibility, endurance, aerobic conditioning and is physically demanding. The best way to get in shape for capoeira is to do capoeira. Everyone has something to gain from and contribute to capoeira, regardless of body type, weight, sex and age. Find your unique contribution!
While past experiences may help with some things, you will find that you have to get comfortable moving your body in ways that you are not used to. With no previous experience you might have an advantage in that you are a blank slate, while those with experience with other activities may have to break established habits and re-learn movements differently.
Classes generally begin with an exercise to get the blood flowing to the muscles and increase the heart rate. This is followed by the practice of capoeira movements and training exercises. The last part of class features a roda (pronounced ho-da) where students use the movements learned in the earlier part of class to improvise and play the game of capoeira.
Capoeira is typically practiced in a traditional white uniform. For your first classes, wear loose-fitting clothes such as sweatpants and a t-shirt. Shorts are discouraged. You need to be able to move freely in all directions, including upside down and sideways. Capoeira is not practiced with shoes but you are welcome to bring sports tape to wrap your feet.