Welcome to the website for Oficina da Capoeira, Chichester.

Currently the group is on a brief hiatus whilst the instructor takes a break to settle in with his new born second daughter.

Classes will return, watch this space!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Four years ago today...

Four years ago today I gave an interview about capoeira on BBC Radio 2's Simon Mayo Drivetime show in their Friday Fixture slot.

I didn't think at the time that four years down the line I'd be setting up my own class in Chichester - but classes start in less than a month!

Hopefully, if you're in Chichester, you'll have seen these posters and flyers around town. If you haven't, and know some good spots that I've missed, then please let me know!

Looking forward to seeing you in class, any questions, please let me know.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Capoeira and the London Marathon and Zombies

Well done to everyone that ran the London Marathon today, couldn't help but remind me of this from 2011, when I ran the London Marathon in my capoeira kit (finishing in 3:55:58):

I got the marathon bug when I moved away (for work) from my kung fu school, and got into running to keep fit. Since discovering capoeira, I've still kept running - I'm a runner and a capoeirista, and both help each other out.

When running I like to use the app Zombies, Run! - it's lots of fun, and whilst it is an app you'll have to pay for, I think it is worth it. You play the character Runner 5, helping out Able Township in the post zombie apocalyptic world. All you need to do is select your music. In between your tracks it will play a clip that develops the on going story (over three seasons). You can also choose to have zombies chase you - when your music is playing, and at random or in line with the story, it will tell you zombies have been detected - you must increase your pace to evade them, or risk losing some of your bonuses picked up on your run.

I always run with capoeira music - I've found the beat on "Eu vou tanger meu gado" from Mestre Ray's album "Tributo" is perfect for a 4 min km pace - though getting my legs to keep up with the beat over 5k is my current challenge. It also allows me to practice the songs whilst also keeping my fitness up.

The capoeira music has had another advantage - whilst going for personal best's at parkruns, I've had Mesre Ray's voice in the back of my head telling me "No pain, no gain Kung Fu!", and it's really helped spur me on!

On top of that, music is really important to capoeira - it's what distinguishes it from other martial arts. The music dictates how fast or slow the game is played, and when I'm feeling a bit low or tired, the energy from the roda can always pick me up - being reminded of that energy when running helps keep me going too!

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Look out for flyers and posters around Chichester

Flyers and posters are out and about around Chichester now. Do keep an eye out for them - with a flyer you can get your first class for free.

These are the current local Chichester businesses that were kind enough to let me leave some flyers (and sometimes posters too) in them:

A big thank you to all the above businesses, and also a thank you to these for letting me put up a poster:

Co op (Bognor Road and Spitalfields Lane); both the Costa coffee shops; Hornet NewsagentSainsbury's, Tesco on South Street and the Welcome Cafe and Convenience Store.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Full contact details for Chichester Capoeira

A phone is now set up, and so we have a complete set of contact details for the group.

Twitter: @ChiCapoeira

Phone: 07909027435

A reminder that lessons will be every Thursday, 19:30 - 21:00 at Grit Gym, Station Approach, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 8GA, just behind Chichester Railway Station.

Lessons will £6 for adults, £4 for children, and there's a Facebook event for the first capoeira class.

All levels of fitness are welcome - though if you are new to exercise, this fitness test from NHS is there for people just getting started.

If you have any other questions, please get in touch and ask!