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.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Weekly roda 31st January

A short one this week, but I saw this on my Facebook feed and loved it!


Grande Mestre Curió
Grande Mestre Curió Gostou? COMPARTILHE!!!✔ Curta no Facebook Eu sou Capoeira✔ Siga no Twitter https://twitter.com/Eu_Sou_Capoeira✔ Google+ https://plus.google.com/112166390558877463860/✔ Participe do Grupo de Capoeira Infantil >>> https://www.facebook.com/groups/capoeira.infantil/✔ Compre na Loja do Capoeira Rabodearraia A Loja Do Capoeira
Posted by Eu sou Capoeira on Tuesday, 26 January 2016
Watch out this week for a few announcements of exciting things to come!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Abada order

If you want some capoeira trousers (abada), I've just found out Mestrando Primo is ordering some, and we can get some included with his order. You need to let me know your size by this Friday - 29th January, but you don't have to pay until Thursday 25th February. 

They cost £35 for adults, £30 for children. *I must know your size by the 29th though!* 

Small, medium or large for adults, and for children, let me know their age and the length of their leg.

Let me know at class tomorrow, or send me a message/leave a comment.


Monday, 25 January 2016

Thank you to Chichester businesses!

Thank you to Spirit FM who have been promoting us throughout the previous week. Whilst they will no longer be promoting us on their radio station, the half price vouchers are still available, and the last day you can buy them is Monday 14th March.

As well as Spirit FM, I would like to thank the following local Chichester businesses and the Observer series for featuring us in this week's issue.

Look out for the posters and flyers around Chichester, and our feature in the Observer.
These local businesses have been kind enough to display posters, taken flyers for their counters, or both:

Almshouse Arcade, Attibassi, Belle Isle, Buzby and Blue, Boogaloo Shoes, A27 BP Petrol Station, A27 Shell Petrol Station, Browbar, Caffe Nero, Charlie Harpers, Comics Games Coffee Emporium, Chichester Inn, Chichester Office Supplies, Co-operative Food (Bognor RoadSpitalfield Lane and Stockbridge Road), Costa (East Street and West Street), The Corner Shop, Crispins Cafe, Curry House, Disking, The Eastgate, ESP, Hargroves Cycles, Good News, Greggs, Hornet News, Kingsham Fish and Chips, Kubus, Lindwhyke Stores, MXC, No. 10 Fish and Chips, One Stop (St Paul's Road and The Broadway, Summersdale), Patisserie Valerie, Pets Corner, Pink Pig Fancy Dress, The Run Company, Sainsbury'sSaint Olav Trust, Summersdale Petrol StationTesco ExpressVapawell, The VestryWaterstones, Wests, WH Smith Local

If you are able to display posters/flyers any where, please get in touch!



Sunday, 24 January 2016

Weekly roda 23rd January

In honour of Contra Mestre Cobra, our guest instructor for this coming weekend's workshop, here are two rodas featuring this talented capoeirista!



A reminder of our January offers:

1. Half price lessons:
For those that have been to capoeira before: Introduce your friends to capoeira. If you bring a friend or friends to a class, you can get your class half price (your friend(s) will get their first class free). For all the subsequent classes you attend together in January, you can all get them half price.

For those entirely new to capoeira: Your first class is free, and after that the above offer will stand for you, as you have been to capoeira before. This will also stand if you started as a group - by all means introduce new friends, but if you keep coming as a group, you can all get half price lessons.

2. Half price workshop:
In addition, there will be a raffle to attend the workshop on the 30th withContra Mestre Cobra for half price. For every lesson you attend in January your name will go in the hat - the more lessons you attend, the higher your chances!


In addition we have teamed up with Spirit FM to offer half price classes. This works by purchasing vouchers through Spirit FM - these vouchers can't be used in conjunction with any other offer provided by Oficina da Capoeira, Chichester.

Workshop with Contra Mestre Cobra next weekend!

A reminder that next weekend will be pretty exciting as we welcome the very talented Contra Mestre Cobra of Capoeira Nago to Chichester to teach a capoeira workshop.

It's at the same place as our Monday classes:
The Community Hall, 
Donegal Avenue, 
Roussillon Park, 
Chichester, 
PO19 6DF

Don't be late! The workshop starts at 14:00 and lasts until 16:00, and costs just £15.

After that, there's time to get showered and changed as in the evening we will celebrate Graduado Kung Fu's birthday with a meal at Casa Brasil in Port Solent

44/45 The Boardwalk, 
Port Solent, 
Portsmouth
PO6 4TP 

We'll start at 19:30, but who knows when we will finish?

If you haven't already confirmed you're coming to either of these, please let Graduado Kung Fu know through the Facebook events; in the comments below; by email chichester.capoeira@gmail.com or by phone/text 07909027435.

Muito obrigado!

PS Don't forget the January offers: For every lesson you attend in January you get entered into a draw to go to the workshop for half price.


Sunday, 17 January 2016

Weekly roda 17th January

Here's a roda from our Oficina family in Rondônia, Brazil. I like that there are some good shots of the bateria. Pay attention, soon we will have the group's berimbaus, and we'll be able to learn to make our own : )



A reminder that we have two offers on for January:

1. Half price lessons:
For those that have been to capoeira before: Introduce your friends to capoeira. If you bring a friend or friends to a class, you can get your class half price (your friend(s) will get their first class free). For all the subsequent classes you attend together in January, you can all get them half price.

For those entirely new to capoeira: Your first class is free, and after that the above offer will stand for you, as you have been to capoeira before. This will also stand if you started as a group - by all means introduce new friends, but if you keep coming as a group, you can all get half price lessons.


2. Half price workshop:
In addition, there will be a raffle to attend the workshop on the 30th withContra Mestre Cobra for half price. For every lesson you attend in January your name will go in the hat - the more lessons you attend, the higher your chances!

In addition, starting tomorrow, Monday 18th January, we have teamed up with Spirit FM to offer half price classes. This works by purchasing vouchers through Spirit FM - these vouchers can't be used in conjunction with any other offer provided by Oficina da Capoeira, Chichester.


Sunday, 10 January 2016

Weekly roda 10th January

For those who have just started capoeira, each week I post a video of a roda.

Very simply put, the roda is where capoeira is played. It is formed from a circle of capoeiristas, some with musical instruments, who perform the music that tells the two players in the middle how to play.

What better way than to start the first weekly of roda post of 2016 with a roda from Belo Horizonte, Oficina da Capoeira's home:




Ik ben in mijn huis met mijn Broer,Professor Borracha Oficina Da Capoeira BH
Posted by Oficina Da Capoeira België on Sunday, 6 September 2015

You can also see Oficina da Capoeira's founder, Mester Ray, playing the berimbau, in the blue top.

A reminder that tomorrow sees the first of our Monday classes - a class for children from 17:30 - 18:30, followed by a class for everyone from 18:30 - 19:30.

Lastly, a quick reminder of our January offers:

1. Half price lessons:
For those that have been to capoeira before: Introduce your friends to capoeira. If you bring a friend or friends to a class, you can get your class half price (your friend(s) will get their first class free). For all the subsequent classes you attend together in January, you can all get them half price.
For those entirely new to capoeira: Your first class is free, and after that the above offer will stand for you, as you have been to capoeira before. This will also stand if you started as a group - by all means introduce new friends, but if you keep coming as a group, you can all get half price lessons.


2. Half price workshop:
In addition, there will be a raffle to attend the workshop on the 30th withContra Mestre Cobra for half price. For every lesson you attend in January your name will go in the hat - the more lessons you attend, the higher your chances!

Friday, 1 January 2016

Tips on getting started with exercise 2016

I've been involved with martial arts and fitness since I was at school. I started tai chi when I was in the sixth form, and when I got my first part time job,  used my wages to do kung fu with the same school. I've joined gyms, been in running clubs and joined fitness classes. Through those 15+ years I've noticed people coming and going. These are my top tips if you've been contemplating taking up some new kind of exercise, especially if it's capoeira in Chichester! This is a slightly tweaked version of a blog post I wrote back in May when we got started, but given the high number of New Year's resolutions for more exercise, I thought it worth a revisit:

1. See a doctor: Seriously. If you don't really do much exercise at all, this is a sensible step to take. It'd be a shame to injure yourself when you're actually out to improve yourself.
  
2.  Just do it: The most important thing. Actually go. I've been wearing capoeira/marathon/kung fu t shirts out and about and had people say they'd be thinking about doing those things, but hadn't. Sometimes it's for reasons like "Capoeira looks really cool, but I've got no coordination or flexibility" or "I'd love to run a marathon, but I can't even run for the bus". If that's your reason - don't worry. Taking up your new activity will allow you to do those things in time. In 2006 I ran my first ever marathon. And also my second, third and fourth. This was deliberately a big challenge, but I planned my training: starting small and building it up. In 2009 I ran the Chicago marathon. My training started with a 4ish mile run, which was my first in literally years, and that 4 mile run was hard going. At the end I thought "Crumbs, I've got to do over five times that!". In the end, I got a PB (3:54:47). I couldn't do handstands before capoeira, but now I can walk on my hands. These things all take time. But they're worth it! It doesn't matter your level of fitness, flexibility or coordination when starting capoeira - these will all be developed in time. Same for any other exercise.

3. Don't worry about other people. I've seen people stop doing activities because they find the more advanced students intimidating, and worry about not being able to do things first go. Don't be! If you could do things first go, then you'd just need a You Tube tutorial and teachers would be redundant. Don't be scared by the advanced students/people in the class who've obviously got experience. Everyone started off as a beginner. Some people I've met have worried about going to the gym, saying things like "what will everyone else there think of me?". Chances are, they'll be absorbed in their own workouts and won't even notice. Starting exercise is about your own progress, and bettering yourself.

4. Enjoy that it's hard going. Some people don't really get going because, having taken up their new exercise, they hurt and ache the next day (this is especially true of capoeira I've found), and so stop. This hurt is a good thing - working new muscles is going to cause them to ache the next day, and it's a sign you're already starting to get fitter (with the obvious caveat of watching out for injury - don't train too much too soon!). These aches won't last, and the more you train, the less this will happen. But you need to stick with your activity for this to stop.

5. Track your progress. Improvements can sometimes be obvious - being able to climb more stairs without getting out of breath, or being able to run for that bus. But others can be quite gradual, so it can be hard to actually spot your improvement. Tracking progress can help you see how far you've come, and help your motivation. I've used Nike+ for running, and use Fitocracy and Zombies, Run! now, but I've heard good things about Endomondo, and there are many, many other options out there too.

That's just my experience though - the biggest thing is to just go out there and do it. Your first capoeira lesson is free, so come along and give it a go, you've got nothing to lose! Lessons start again on the Thursday 4th, and the first Monday lesson is on the 11th, full details below.

There are also two special offers for January:

1. Half price lessons:
For those that have been to capoeira before: Introduce your friends to capoeira. If you bring a friend or friends to a class, you can get your class half price (your friend(s) will get their first class free). For all the subsequent classes you attend together in January, you can all get them half price.

For those entirely new to capoeira: Your first class is free, and after that the above offer will stand for you, as you have been to capoeira before. This will also stand if you started as a group - by all means introduce new friends, but if you keep coming as a group, you can all get half price lessons.

2. Half price workshop:
In addition, there will be a raffle to attend the workshop on the 30th with Contra Mestre Cobra for half price. For every lesson you attend in January your name will go in the hat - the more lessons you attend, the higher your chances!

Class times:

Every Monday (from 11th)
The Community Hall, Donegall Avenue, Roussillon Park, Chichester, 
PO19 6DF
17:30 - 18:30 (children only: £3)
18:30 - 19:30 (open to all: adults £4, children £3 or £5 for both)

Every Thursday
Grit Gym, Station Approach, Chichester
PO19 8GA
19:30 - 21:00 (open to all: adults £6, children £4)