Welcome to the website for Oficina da Capoeira, Chichester.

There are classes for everyone - adults and children are welcome to the evening classes, and there is also a class for 4 to 10 year olds.

The first lesson is free, after that classes are £3 for the childrens' class, or £4 for children (under 18) and £6 for adults. No need to book, just turn up.

Monday classes:

16:30 to 17:30 (4 to 10 year olds) The Regis School of Music, 46 Sudley Road, Bognor Regis, PO21 1ER.

19:30 to 21:00 (for everyone) The Lodge, Graylingwell Park, Chichester, PO19 6YS.

Thursday classes:
19:30 to 21:00 (for everyone)
North Mundham Village Centre, School Lane, North Mundham, Chichester, PO19 6YS

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.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

The bateria

In capoeira the bateria refers to the musical instruments in the roda. A full bateria consists of three berimbau (gunga, médio and viola), a pandeiro (a Brazilian tambourine) and an atabaque (a drum). In addition, there may also be a reco-reco (a scraper) and agogô (a kind of bell). 

At the very least, a berimbau is employed to provide the instrumental to accompany the songs. This may not always have been the case, and the subject is very much under debate (see Capoeira: The History of an Afro-Brazilian Martial Art by Matthias Röhrig Assunção for more on this debate). Evidence for this can be found, for example, in a painting by Johann Moritz Rugendas from 1825, Capoeira or the Dance of War which does not feature the berimbau:

However, whatever the origins of the berimbau's place in the bateria, it is certainly now the most important of the instruments in capoeira.

The above line up for the bateria has only been formalized since the 1960s. Mestre Bimba's bateria consisted of two pandeiros and a berimbau; and Mestre Pastinha experimented with a number of line ups (including the guitar 'viola de corda' and Spanish castanets) before settling on the now recognised bateria listed at the start of this post.

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