CSP is looking for help to fund our after-school program which teaches capoeira, a musical martial art, various Brazilian cultural dances, as well as visual arts classes to build instruments
Capoeira Social Project believes in education for the body, the mind, and for life. And all of this is done through the media of capoeira. BODY Education for the body, through capoeira movements, sambas and maculele, helps students stay in shape. Through training of the martial art and the dances, participants gain strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, rhythm, self awareness and self confidence. MIND Education for the mind, through music and the Portuguese language, helps students become bilingual (Bilingualism has shown to improve cognition and standardized test scores, as well as wards off dementia). Utilizing songs and presentations, students also learn about Brazilian history via the history of capoeira, which has its roots in slavery and abolition. Brazilian folk heroes and their American counterparts are covered as well. Mathematics is also a standard topic in class. It is used to describe the geometry and physics of movements. LIFE Education for life is a broad topic covered in classes and workshops. Capoeira is very philosophical as most martial arts. Mestre Pastinha once said “A capoeira é tudo que a boca come” which translates to “Capoeira is everything that the mouth eats.” This can be interpreted in many ways, but CSP chooses to see this as “capoeira can be found in everything.” Dance or fight, life is full of decisions. Through workshops on how to make the musical berimbau, pandeiro, and caxixi instruments, students learn to work with their hands. For berimbaus and caxixis they also learn about agricultural skills needed to grow the materials. Students learn how to think about and look at items to find a different purpose, eg: for caxixis and pandeiros, students learn how to up-cycle 2L soda bottles. All of these skills can be transferred to future occupational areas.