Welcome to the website for Oficina da Capoeira, Chichester.



Our classes are open to everyone, and are 19:30 - 21:00 Mondays and Thursdays.

The first lesson is free, and after that classes are £4 for children (under 18) and £6 for adults. No need to book, just turn up.

Monday classes are at The Lodge, Graylingwell Park, Chichester, PO19 6YS.
Thursday classes are at Grit Gym, Station Approac, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 8GA

New to capoeira? No worries! Complete beginners are welcome, whatever your fitness level or experience. You'll just need to wear to sports clothes to start - jogging bottoms, yoga pants, shorts etc are all fine; and a t shirt that's not to baggy.

Follow these links to find out a bit more about our teacher; Oficina da Capoiera, our capoeira school; and photos from some of our group's activities.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Friday Saturday Roda 26th September

"Capoeira is for everyone, but not everone is for capoeira" is a nice saying. Because capoeira really is inclusive, it may not be for you, but if you want to give it a go, capoeira's willing to take you:



Capoeira inclusiva !!Apoiamos totalmente !!
Posted by Raridades DA Capoeira on Saturday, 12 September 2015

Coisas que só a Capoeira pode explicar..
Posted by Luane Cassano on Sunday, 16 June 2013

This week's roda post is dedicated to Luis Coward. He doesn't play capoeira, but just before every capoeira class I seem him training BJJ, finishing the session, and getting back into his wheelchair before our group takes to the matts. I've got a lot of respect for that dedication!





Thursday, 17 September 2015

Friday roda 18th September

We have a YouTube channel now, so it seems fitting to have the first roda video on the channel for this week's post.

It's a very special roda to me, the first I played after receiving my graduado corda. As with many roda's it's easy to become self critical when you watch yourself play, and see how you could have done better (threading my corda through all of the loops on my abada would have been a great start!), but this will always be special to me as it marks an important milestone in my capoeira journey.



A reminder that next week's lesson will be on Friday 25th, not Thursday. Check all the other goings on for our group here.

Round up of upcoming Chichester Capoeira notices

Change of time for next week:

Firstly, next week's class has been moved to Friday 25th September, 20:00 - 21:30 at Grit Gym, as I have to be at my school's open evening.

Ways to support our group:

You can help us raise money by signing up to Easy Fundraising (more information on Easy Fundraising here). It will cost you nothing, except a little time, and whenever you buy stuff online, we can get a proportion of that from the retailer.

You can help us online by subscribing on YouTube; liking on Facebook and following on Twitter, and if you found us through Netmums, feel free to leave a review.

Upcoming events:

3rd October there's the 5th Festival of Capoeira Muzenza, Eastbourne. I'll be going, there's space in my car if you'd like to come too.

10th October, Mestrando Primo is leaving for Italy, and so there is a farewell capoeira workshop in Cheltenham.

And, it's a long way off, but 30th January there's a capoeira workshop (with special guest Contra Mestre Cobra)/social for my birthday. More importantly, the workshop will help fund cancer treatment for Contra Mestre Cobra's mother in law.

T shirts/berimbaus

I am still waiting for some of the t shirt money. As soon as it is all in I will place the order. However, this does mean, if you didn't order a t shirt, there is still time!

If you would like a berimbau, then they are £30, and money has to be in by 1st December. Unlike the t shirts where the ordering can be delayed, the berimbau are being picked up by Instrutor Nego Lua in Brazil, if the money isn't in in time, then no berimbau! The berimbau will be with us to bring to the January workshop!

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Help raise funds for capoeira in Chichester, without spending a penny!

Oficina da Capoeira, chichester, is now signed up with EasyFundraising, to help us fund music instruments for the group, help to cover festival costs, and make the Chichester capoeira experience as good as we can!

It's really simple - all you need to do is go here:
http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/oficinadacapoeirachichester/

Here's how it works:


You will need to register, but it won't take long and doesn't ask for many details. Once you're signed in, you can access over 3,000 retailers through the site - not just groceries, but take aways, insurance, holidays etc. When you access them through the site, the prices for the things you buy online will be unchanged, but the retailer will send money to us, via EasyFundraising.

You can make use of EasyFundraising even quicker in the future if you add the Donation Reminder - your online shopping will be able to help Capoeira Chichester without having to go through the website.

Once installed, if you visit one of the retailers who are signed up with EasyFundraising, you will get a reminder like this:


You can then just activate EasyFundraising without having to go to the website, and the donations will come our way.

There is also an app for iPhone/iPad, and an android app is coming soon.

Thank you for your support,

Graduado Kung Fu

Monday, 14 September 2015

The berimbau

Music is just as important as the physical moves in capoeira, and among all the musical instruments, the most important is the berimbau.

As Mestre Acordeon writes in Capoeira - a Brazilian art form: "The speed and attitude of the jôgo are determined by the many different rhythms of a one stringed bow-shaped instrument, the berimbau, which is considered the symbol of Capoeira."

There are many rhythms to learn on the berimbau, some slow, some fast, some inbetween. As well as learning to play these, they must also be listened to, because the rhythm is telling you how to play.

The main parts of the berimbau are:

Verga - this is the wooden bow that forms the body of the berimbau.
Arame - this is the steel string of the berimbau
cabaça  - this acts to amplify and resonate the sound, and there are different sizes for bass, medium and high sounds. The largest is called the gunga and offers the bass, the smallest is the viola, and in the middle is the médio.

To play the berimbau you strike the arame with a baqueta (a small stick), whilst holding caxixi (a small rattle). In your other hand is a pedra (a small stone), or a dobrao (a coin) to alter the tone from the arame.

You can see all these in the picture below:



Instrutor Lua will be going to Brazil in December and will be able to get some berimbaus for us. They are £30, and the money would need to be in by 1st December. If you would like to get your own berimbau, then please get in touch with me. You needn't pay all up front, you can pay in bits, so long as it is all in by December 1st.

Update: Actually, the berimbaus are £30 without a caxixi, and £35 with. I'd recommend getting one with a caxixi if I were you



Sunday, 13 September 2015

Capoeira basics

As our group in Chichester is quite new, I'll be adding (every now and again) a post about a little of the basics of capoeira. These are by no means going to be comprehensive, and are intended to be there as a foundation for you to help build your own studies on.

I'll be listing them all on the right hand side of the website:


I'll be starting with the berimbau, because Instrutor Lua will be picking us up some in Brazil in December, just in time for our workshop in January.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Friday roda 11th September

First, just a heads up, the following dates there won't be a class on Thursday, as it clashes with my day job as a science teacher - I need to be at an open evening and two parents' evenings on the following dates:

24th September
22nd October
17th December

As discussed at class last night, I'm in the process of seeing if I can find another venue on a Wednesday, just for those three weeks. My goal is to not cancel the class, but to move the day as a one off (well, a three off I suppose). I am aware that this won't be possible for everyone, but it's the best I can do.

As for the roda, here is Mestre Ray and Mestra Onça. I especially like how about half way in, you can see the game has clearly started, even before they crouch down to re-enter the roda. A nice reminder that as soon as you go into a roda, the game is on!



Mestre Ray e Mestre Onça (2010)
Mestre Ray e Mestre Onça (2010)
Posted by Odc Nova Venécia on Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Sunday, 6 September 2015

And the winner is...

Thank you to everyone that stopped by at our stand at the Get Active Festival today.

For those new to capoeira, feel free to explore the websites, every Friday I post a video showing capoeira being played around the world, and on the right you will see some links under "Capoeira basics", this list will grow as I write more content for this website.

For those that entered the competition, you have been emailed with the results, here's how they were done:

Here is the final map with the competition entries:

I had the same map, but with Belo Horizonte (the city in which Mestre Ray founded Oficina da Capoeira) marked. I put this over the map and secured it with Blu Tak, stuck a pin through it to mark the map below.

I then measured the distances to the point made by the pin.

Number 14 (Ben) was first, at 11mm, and wins three free lessons; number 20 (Rosa) was second, at 21mm, and wins two free lessons; and in third place was 25 (Susanna) at 26mm, and wins one free lesson. These lessons are all in addition to the first lesson which is free to everyone, whether you entered the competition or not.

Thanks to Ben and Chichester District Council for putting the Get Active Festival together.

Lastly, a big thank you to students Neo and Saudade, and my wife Helen for helping out today. Couldn't have done it with out you, it was gratefully appreciated!

Friday, 4 September 2015

Friday roda 4th September

Before our weekly roda video, just two quick reminders:

1) This Sunday is the Get Active Festival, 12:00 - 16:00 in Oaklands Park. If you could come along and help support for a little bit that day, it would be greatly appreciated. If you have abada, please wear these.

2) Final call for t shirt money. Please bring this to next class, or get in touch and I will let you know the bank details.

Here's this week's roda, which I found via Everson Fio Odc, celebrating the 2nd anniversary of Oficina in Paraná.




Vadiação com meu camarada Rato Kauande no aniversário 2 anos da oficina no Paraná!!! Axé...
Posted by Everson Fio Odc on Friday, 28 August 2015