Strategies

We understand that the prominence of violence in society today – be it among individuals, families or interest groups – has complex and various causes and often comes along with conditions such as poverty, lack of education, degrading family structures, an unhealthy and unnatural lifestyle etc.
Through our work we seek to inspire and empower individuals to gain freedom, strength, respect, balance and peace in their personal lives. Once achieved by individuals these values will create an impact in the social environment of the person (family, friends, workplace and community) and as a final result is reflected within the society.

The art of Capoeira itself combines a variety of aspects making it highly interesting and attractive as well as effective to promote peace and non-violence. Some of the main aspects of Capoeira are:

CULTURE
To learn about the culture and history of Capoeira means to also learn about our own culture and origin. Educating persons in that sense enables us to develop pride and consciousness. More importantly it leads us to understand that while respecting our planet’s cultural diversity we are able to unite in peace without having to compromise our individual sovereignty.

SPORT/MARTIAL ART
The physical and psychological benefits of sports and especially martial arts training are widely recognized today and have been thoroughly researched. Through our training we teach discipline, respect, (self-) control and teamwork. Students are able to live out and relieve anger and grief in a controlled environment and develop confidence and self-esteem as they discover how to apply learned techniques and strategies in their daily lives. Capoeira’s playful character which rather focuses on a harmonious interaction of two players than on competition is ideal to show that one doesn’t need to defeat or hurt another in order to progress in life.

MUSIC
Essential to Capoeira, singing, clapping and playing of instruments creates a special atmosphere and offers the opportunity to express oneself within a group.
Music triggers notable physical and emotional responses and has been used as a form of therapy at schools, hospitals, correctional facilities and different social programs.
Music therapy can provide a safe setting where difficult or repressed feelings may be expressed and contained. It is also a highly social activity and requires listening, communication and sharing.

The pace of the Capoeira game is determined by the rhythm of the instruments. According to the rhythm the players engage in a slow, fast, playful or more fight-like game. The songs being chanted by the group surrounding the players often tell about famous masters, slavery times and the history of Capoeira. Often songs are improvised and comment on players or are giving hints on how to behave or cope with the present situation.

DANCE
Dance is another crucial aspect of Capoeira and undeniably effective to develop coordination, self-esteem, attentiveness and communication skills. Through dancing people learn to explore issues such as anger, frustration or trauma they may not be able to express verbally. Dancing as a form of therapy has a long tradition and has successfully been used to overcome emotional, physical and social difficulties by therapists, groups and schools all over the world.

Many believe dance movements helped to disguise the fight and combat effectiveness of Capoeira and were used to fool slave drivers or strangers into considering the art as a harmless dance. Fact is that it is the gracefulness of its movements and the blend of fight and dance which makes this art so unique

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Capoeira combines all of those aspects and offers them in an African-Brazilian context, which Jamaicans easily can identify with. Keeping in mind the extraordinary talent of Jamaicans and the importance of dance and music in Jamaican society, we are sure to enrich the cultural diversity of this island greatly with our art.

Capoeira already has brought about considerable positive changes in the lives of many Jamaican’s, which is prerequisite for changes on a mayor level.