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.

Capoeira teacher

Capoeira teacher for Chichester:

Graduado Kung Fu

Capoeira Teacher for Chichester - Monitor Kung Fu, Oficina da Capoeira
I started my interest in martial arts when I was at school, training in traditional Chinese martial arts. I moved to Gloucestershire for work, and was unable to train with my kung fu school, which was a shame - I had made it to the beginning of the senior ranks, and loved it! The other Eastern Martial Arts classes in the area didn't seem as good as the one I'd left behind, so I looked for something entirely different, and found capoeira in 2008. Capoeira turned out to be even better for me - its mix of fitness, playfulness, philosophy, Brazilian culture and the social side were just what I wanted from a martial art. Capoeira eclipsed my love of kung fu and I was hooked!

It was this background that got me my capoeira name (apelido) of "Kung Fu" on my first lesson - it was very obvious from the way I moved that I had previously done kung fu, and so my instructor, Mestrando Primo, gave me my name on my very first lesson.

I have been fortunate to have traveled a little to train with many instructors and mestres, and began regularly teaching capoeira in 2013, at the school where I taught. I'm a science teacher by day, so have a full extended DBS (the DBS replaced the old CRB check).

I gained the title "Monitor", the beginning of the instructor ranks in Oficina da Capoeira in 2012, and became a Graduado on 27th June at the 8th International Capoeira Festival in 2015, with Mestrando Primo and Mestre Ray's blessing. I am now training hard to do my blue graduado corda justice, and hoping to one day climb to Instrutor! In addition, I  am a Duolingo Certified Educator, and have set up an online classroom so that our students can all learn capoeira's mother tongue, Brazilian Portuguese, for free.

My capoeira instructors:

Mestrando Primo and Graduado Lua, Oficina da Capoeira
Mestrando Primo (left)
 and Graduado Lua
Mestrando Primo and Instrutor Lua have been my main capoeira instructors. Both hail from Brazil and have been playing capoeira since they were children. I have been very lucky to have such gifted capoeiristas to instruct me.

Mestre Ray - Mestre (Master) Ray, set up Oficina da Capoeira in December 1996, which now has groups all over the world. I have been fortunate enough to have trained with him on a number of occasions, both when he has visited the UK for the annual International Capoeira Festival in Cheltenhma. organised by Mestrando Primo and Graduado Lua; and also abroad in Brazil and Belgium.

Mestre Ray, Oficina da Capoeira
Mestre Ray

I have also been fortunate to have attended workshops and festivals with many other Capoeira instructors, all of whom have helped my capoeira grow, but there are too many to list here.