Introduction to Capoeira
If you’d like to try, why not come down to a class. We have classes at Q Motion Gym in Mile End and teach all levels – from absolute beginners to seasoned pros.
Tuesdays: 7:30-9:00 pm
Thursdays: 6:30-8:00 pm
Saturdays: 3:30-5:30 pm
Capoeira is demanding yet rewarding discipline that welcomes people from all walks of life. If you’d like to try, why not come down to a class. We have classes at Q Motion Gym in Mile End and teach all levels – from absolute beginners to seasoned pros. Please note QMotion gym does not admit any small children or babies. Sorry!
Mestre Israel was born in 1973 and started street Capoeira in 1982, with a slave descendent. He is a graduate of Mestre Joanito Bahiano, founder of the group Ilha de Itaparica.
Contra Mestre Liong has been training capoeira with Mestre Israel since his start in London and has been teaching in East London for over five years.
Shem has been training with the group for over 7 years and teaching for 4. He loves getting everyone to sing and holds most of the music classes.
Luciana has been with the group since almost the beginning.
Mestre Israel was born in 1973 and started street Capoeira in 1982, with a slave descendent. He is a graduate of Mestre Joanito Bahiano, founder of the group Ilha de Itaparica. Whilst with this group he met many famous mestres, including Mestre Carioca, Mestre Valdir , Mestre Demir (now deceased), Mestre Almir, Mestre Risada, Mestre Ananias, Mestre Miguel, Mestre Joel, Mestre Brazilia and Mestre Santana, to name but a few. Although his Capoeira lineage is short, it is very noble. He trained and graduated with the group Ilha de Itaparica with Mestre Joanito Bahiano. Mestre Joanito Bahiano is in turn a graduate of the group Capitães de Areia led by Mestre Almir das Areias, who is a graduate of the group Cordão de Ouro led by Mestre Suassuna. In 1996, when he felt he was ready to teach, he founded the capoeira group Ginga de Quilombo. In 1997 he started travelling and played Capoeira in more than 90% of the cities in the São Paulo state, and in São Paulo itself, one of the biggest cities in the world. He also played Capoeira in Rio de Janeiro, Mato Grosso do Sul, Panama, Minas Gerais, Goiás, Bahia and within numerous other states in Brazil. He also witnessed and played Capoeira with the native Indians.
In 1998 he received the certificate of professional Capoeira teacher. It was given to him by the Brazilian Association of Capoeira, and signed by the president of the association and the secretary of employment and work relations. He became Mestre in 1998 after years of hard work and dedication put into Capoeira teaching and training. He learned a bit more about Capoeira Regional with Mestre Luizinho Machado, son of Mestre Bimba. He learned a bit more of Capoeira Angola with Mestre Jogo de Dentro, Marcelo Angola, and Marcelo son of Cobra Mansa among others. He is the founder of the project ‘Capoeira in Childhood’. The project required him to teach Capoeira in primary and secondary schools to more than 500 children. He is also the founder of a project for street children, which was developed in conjunction with the Culture, Education and Sports departments of Brazil, and the support of the town council and its deputies. He was the organiser of the national meeting of Capoeira called Ginga Mogi Guaçu, where more than a 1000 Capoeiristas of more than 58 different Capoeira groups from several Brazilian states and more than 30 Mestres of Capoeira, came together to honour the biggest open Capoeira championship in Brazil in 2003. In 2003, the group was implemented in several cities of the state of São Paulo, and the group was being taught by teachers that were truly his students. In the same year, the group Ginga de Quilombo started operating in London, England.
Capoeira is a great way to build speed, strength and stamina
Capoeira stretches you – physically and mentally and is great for getting out of your comfort zone.
Capoeira is also a large community that will introduce you to people from all over the world.
Good physical exercise and very fun!!! Dynamic exercises and upbeat music. Class for all levels and the teachers are skilled patient and passionate. Classes are structured with condition training, technique and finish with a roda de capoeira; live music and games. I’ve practiced capoeira before in Portugal and London and these are the most fun and dynamic classes I have been to.
I’ve always wanted to do capoeira and so one day, my friend and I went to check this club out. The instructors there were very welcoming and even after the lesson, invited us to a bar so that we could socialise and really get to know the other members. Since that day, we’ve been to many social events and performances with them. There is a really good vibe there.
On the physical side, when I started, I wasn’t fit at all. However, the conditioning at this club is superb; I’ve become a lot stronger, more balanced and more agile ever since.
When sometimes you just can’t seem to workout how to do a particular move, the instructors really go into the mechanics of the movement. This may seem shockingly subtle at times, yet would make all the difference into whether you execute a manoeuvre correctly or not.
All round, this group is easily 5 stars.