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, 2 March 2016

The importance of Brazilian Portuguese in Capoiera

Capoeira is Brazilian, the songs are sung in Brazilian Portuguese, and a lot of information is out there, again in Brazilian Portuguese.

There are times at a capoeira event when a visiting teacher who does speak English will come and teach. There will be someone there to translate, but you know that you are missing out on the nuance even though you've been given the gist.

For those who really want to get into the history and culture of capoeira, knowing the language is important.

Fortunately, there is a free service, Duolingo, that can help you learn. I've been using it for some time. It now also offers Duolingo for Schools, so I've set up an Oficina da Capoeira, Chichester group.

The app breaks the language down into tiny bitesize lessons, so you can do a little each day, and it doesn't need to take up much time.

For those on Duolingo, or who wish to join, follow this link: https://www.duolingo.com/o/gqjgjg

I have set the group up through our group's email, so my personal account is a student in the school too. We will all be learning together!

With our festival in August, now is a great time to start!

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