Capoeira is a Brazilian art form, which combines dance, music, and acrobatics with martial arts. Known as the secret dance of Brazil, capoeira is an astonishing display of acrobatics, breath-taking kicks and self-defense tactics performed to the music of the Berimbau (an ancient stringed bow-like instrument) and drums.
The name of our group in Whistler is Capoeira Ache Brasil founded by Mestre Eclilson de Jesus. Our Capoeira classes for kids and adults in Whistler, are taught and lead under the supervision of Formado-Cole “Dragao” Manson, who brought the art form to Whistler in 2004. He has been training Capoeira for more than 14 years with Mestre EDJ and has traveled to Brasil many time for upgrading and events.
“To say that Capoeira is just another martial art would be incorrect, because Capoeira is much more than just a Martial Art. It is culture, it is history, and it is dance and music. A true visual feast, watching Capoeira can evoke feelings of sheer and exhilaration. It is an experience that must been seen and heard, to be truly appreciated and understood. For those who might ask, ‘what about the martial aspects of Capoeira?’ It is probably one of the most exotic, and unique martial arts in existence!” – taken from the magazine ‘The World of Martial Arts’ – April 1993 issue – featuring a story on Mestre Eclilson de Jesus and Capoeira Aché Brasil by Bruce Fontane.