Thank you for visiting the Japanese Culture Center Capoeira page!
Capoeira is a unique Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of self-defense, acrobatics, dance, music, and culture. It originated in Brazil during the colonial period when enslaved Africans were brought to the country.
Capoeira is characterized by its fluid and rhythmic movements, often performed in a circular pattern called the roda. Participants, called capoeiristas, engage in a game of strategy and skill, incorporating kicks, sweeps, flips, and acrobatics, all while maintaining a dialogue through music and singing.
The music in Capoeira is an essential component, with instruments such as the berimbau (a musical bow), pandeiro (a type of tambourine), atabaque (a hand drum), and other percussion instruments setting the rhythm and guiding the movements of the participants.
Beyond its physical aspects, Capoeira holds significant cultural and historical value, representing resistance, freedom, and community. It has evolved into a global art form practiced by people of all ages and backgrounds.
Whether practiced for self-expression, fitness, cultural appreciation, or self-defense, Capoeira offers a rich and dynamic experience that blends martial arts, dance, music, and camaraderie.
For more information regarding classes, please visit https://grupocapoeirabrasilbrucutu.com
About the Instructors
Paulo César da Silva Sousa, Mester Paulinho Sabia, one of the founders of Grupo Capoeira Brazil. He began practicing capoeira in the streets of Niterói.
In 1970, his father enrolled him in a group called Rio Antigo because he felt it was a bit dangerous for a 10-year-old boy to practice capoeira in the streets.
In 1972, he met Mestre Gato, who participated in a tournament in late 1973 and joined the Grupo Senzala where he remained until January 1989 when he along with Mestre Boneco and Mestre Paulao Ceara founded Capoeira Brazil.
Katia Da Conceicao, also known as Formanda Colibri,
has over 25 years of Capoeira experience. She began training at the age of 14 in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with Contra-Mestre Tom of the group ‘Arte Brasileira’. In 1992 she joined the internationally renowned Group ‘Capoeira Brasil’ lead by Mestre Paulinho Sabia. In 2016 she received the prestigious title of Formada, or Mestra (Master.)
Formada Colibri has participated in many capoeira events around the world. She has been invited to events hosted by well-known Capoeira Masters such as Mestre Paulinho Sabia, Mestre Suassuna, Mestre Boneco, Mestre Gato, Mestre Mindinho, Mestre Paulao, Mestre Kiki, Mestre Caxias, Mestre Curimim, Mestre Espiga, Mestre Linguica, and Mestre Carcara.
Formada Colibri also has experience in Brazilian folkloric dance, history and music, and has has been featured in one of Brazil’s premier capoeira magazines. ‘Practicando Capoeira’ and in addition, took part in an educational instructional book called ‘The Basic Techniques of Capoeira’ by Mestre Paulinho Sabia. She was also featured on a public access TV show in NYC called Public Voice Salon, with a segment on Capoeira and Brazilian arts.
Jarvis Broom, Instrutor Brucutu, has over 15 years of Capoeira experience. He began training capoeira at the age of 22 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under the supervision of Capoeira Brasil’s Mestre Caxias.
After completing his bachelor’s degree at UNC-CH, Instrutor Brucutu moved to Chicago where he started the Grupo Capoeira Brasil’s Chicago branch in 2008.
Instrutor Brucutu currently teaches and oversees the capoeira program at the Japanese Culture Center under the supervision of Formada Colibri.