This is the marvelous Indio. He lives in my building and is one of my favourite people in the neighbourhood. Indio is a multi-faceted guy who is frequently seen with his tiny dog. He is a new dad. He wears fedoras and baseball caps with equal aplomb. Sometimes he looks the gentleman and other times, the gangster. He is robust and versatile. He is deadly. You see, Indio is an expert martial artist, skilled in the fighting and dancing style of Brazilian capoeira. I am thoroughly delighted to know him and you will feel similarly when you meet him.
Indio recently started the Capoeira Cultura club because he loves capoeira and wanted to find people who share his interest. The club is a relaxed social group. You can find him teaching Brazilian capoeira in the Woodwards atrium four days a week.
A little background on capoeira:
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, music, and dance. It was created in Brazil by slaves from Africa by mixing the many fighting styles from many of their tribes, sometime after the sixteenth century. Participants form a roda, or circle, and take turns either playing musical instruments, singing, or ritually sparring in pairs in the center of the circle.
The sparring is marked by fluid acrobatic play, feints, takedowns, and with extensive use of leg sweeps, kicks, and headbutts. Less frequently used techniques include elbow strikes, slaps, punches, and body throws. Its origins and purpose are a matter of debate, with theories ranging from views of Capoeira as a uniquely Brazilian folk dance with improvised fighting movements to claims that it is a battle-ready fighting form directly descended from ancient African techniques.
I think everyone should know how to deliver headbutts effectively, it is a practical matter of safety. If your arms and legs are pinned, you have only your head left to use. Also, J. told me that if I was ever in a fight, I should break my opponent’s nose first because once they see their own blood, it psychologically weakens their fortitude to fight. Let’s hope I never have to do that sort of thing, but now you see how a well executed headbutt could save you.
Alright, but capoeira isn’t just combat skills — it is dance too. I took some videos to give you an idea of what you will be learning:
You can join Contra Mestre Indio’s Capoeira Cultura club.
Location: Woodwards atrium (between London Drugs and Nesters Market)
Time: Monday- Thursday from 7:30-8:30pm
Cost: Starting at $10 per lesson
Email Indio: Capoeiracultura88@gmail.com
Phone Indio: (778) 987 8989
Or you can just show up.
All levels welcome. Wear comfortable clothing.
Two months ago, even before Indio officially started his Capoeira Cultura club, I promised him I would take lessons. Let’s go together!