Capoeira is a martial art disguised as a dance. Many dancers and performers (modern dance, hip-hop and music videos) have adopted some of its unique movements and dynamics. Capoeira is regularly seen in music videos, video games, and movies: Aeon Flux, Catwoman, Ocean's 12, Meet The Fokkers, Only The Strong, Rooftops, Brenda Star, The Mighty Quinn, Lethal Weapon
Mestra Edna Lima's classes are based on traditional capoeira sequences and modern progressions, work with partners (we'll provide one for you!), traditional Capoeira music featuring berimbau, atabaque, pandeiro ... and enthusiasm.
Class exercises are developed on interval training patterns: cardiovascular sequences mixed with bodyweight resistance exercises, and periods of active recovery. The result is an exciting combination of aerobic endurance, functional strength, and complex agility.
Each class begins with movement games to warm-up, specific exercises to prepare for training, partner and line-work to develop techniques, movement sequences to integrate techniques, and a Capoeira roda to develop intuitive movement and build confidence and practice playing Capoeira music.
Capoeira training is an integration of technique and tactics designed to prepare students for progression through modern Capoeira methods and participation Capoeira rodas.
Mestra Lima has 40 years experience teaching Capoeira and currently teaches throughout New York City, Long Island University, public elementary schools, and master classes and workshops around the world.
Starting Capoeira is simple: show up for class with a change of loose-fitting workout pants, t-shirt (light-colored preferred), a bottle of water, and an open attitude ... arrive a little early and introduce yourself!!
If you're fit enough to get here ... you're fit enough to start training. One of Capoeira's attributes is accessibility and enjoyment of participation at all levels.
Spectators are generally welcome but space is limited ... please schedule your visit ? membership and schedule information are updated online.
Please help by downloading and printing the linked Registration and Release forms, complete them, and bring to your first class. Download Adobe Acrobat if necessary. Forms will be provided if you are unable to download or print.
Mestra Edna Lima is represented by the Axé Capoeira Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) IRS registered non-profit and NYS state registered charity. NYS registered in 1994 and IRS tax-exempt status in 2005.
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