With the nice weather we have returned to outdoor classes! Precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 remain in place. Please contact us for additional class info. Be well & thank you for your continued support!
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art—created by Africans enslaved in Brazil—and hidden through dance and music. Capoeira is played as a game between two capoeiristas (practitioners) inside of a roda (circle) of spectators, other capoeira players, and a bateria (band) of musicians.
This beautiful and strong martial art came to be in the mid 1500s, when people were torn from Africa and shipped to the newly discovered Americas and enslaved. Under the watchful eye of a slave owner, capoeira appeared as a harmless dance and music. After the abolition of slavery in 1888, capoeira survived in the poorer neighborhoods (despite persecution from police) until it's legalization in the 1930s.
Today, capoeira is celebrated and practiced around the world.
Our group, Capoeira Angola Quintal, practices a style of capoeira called "Mindful Capoeira" - learned, practiced and developed by our group's Master, Mestre Ombrinho. The following points distinguish "Mindful Capoeira" from other capoeira practices:
Movements, music, and Afro-Brazilian culture and history make capoeira classes unique and challenging. There is grace, beauty, risk, reward, and danger. Capoeira can be played by everyone; strength and flexibility are not required - only a desire to learn!
Outdoor classes are back!
We also offer a variety of online classes to our community, with our teachers from across the country.
All classes are open and accessible to everyone. Beginners welcome.
To sign up, fill out the contact form below and we'll get back to you with more information on how to join our classes!
This is a great opportunity to try something new and be part of a welcoming community, while staying connected through mindful movement and music. We hope look forward to seeing you!
Instrutor Espião (Greg Hollar) is the lead capoeira instructor at the Rochester Mindful Capoeira Center and has been training for over 20 years.
Mestre Ombrinho (Michael Goldstein) began studying Capoeira in 1981. In 1987, he became a disciple of Grand Master Norival Moreira de Oliveira, Mestre Nô, of Bahia and joined Capoeira Angola Palmares. Ombrinho became a master in 1996 under Mestre Nô. He has been teaching in New York since 1988, and is the founder and head instructor of the New York Mindful Capoeira Center and Capoeira Angola Quintal (CAQ). He has graduated many fine practitioners and instructors, both men and women. Today he has many amazing teachers and CAQ chapters across the country, including: New York City, Ithaca, Rochester (that's us!), Boston, San Francisco and Charlotte.
Our classes are open and accessible to everyone. Beginners welcome.
Please contact us for current outdoor class location and details.
34 Elton St, Rochester, New York 14607, United States
We look forward to playing capoeira with you soon!