This exciting martial art is native to Americas, developed in Brazil by the descendants of African slaves. Capoeira is characterized by dynamic body play, kicking, sweeping, takedowns & feinting. It is played within a circle of onlookers & fellow participants, called a "Roda". The game is played when two contestants enter the circle & begin to "ginga" ("to swing" in Portuguese), launching various attacks, counters & initiating defense.
Looking for more information? Check out the Class Syllabus to see what you can learn this quarter with Capoeira!
When - Mondays 8:15pm- 9:15pm
Where - John Wooden Center, Gold Room
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Instructor - Freddy James
Freddy James has been studying and
teaching the martial arts for 20 years. In 1999 he became a black belt in
Capoeira under Carlos Hill of Brincadeira Viva Academy, now Playing Life
Academy, Berkeley. In 2004 he earned a black belt in Kung Fu under Sifu Bill
Owens of Cascos Martial Arts Academy, Oakland. That same year he graduated from
UC Berkeley with a degree in Education. His passion for the martial arts and
fitness education has lead to experiences as a PE teacher, stuntman, stunt
coordinator, and celebrity personal trainer. He has lead workshops and classes
the employees of EA Sports, and Women's Health Magazine and has worked
with celebrities such as Val Kilmer, Kanye West, and Mick Mars - guitarist for
Motley Crue. Freddy is excited to be back at UCLA teaching Capoeira for the
2012-2013 academic year.