Welcome to Cambridge Road Estates Kids Capoeira Page.
Rio in Kingston 23rd July 2016 Cambridge kids join others for the festival.
Classes every Monday at 6:30pm Piper Hall come join us!
So who are we
We are a group of youths who train in the art of capoeira, a mixture of martial arts music and instrument playing we learn about culture, family, diversity amongst other positive ideals. The subsidised training from grants, gives those who would not generally be able to afford to do this art, given a chance to take part in a truly wonderful sport with a dark history and how those in slavery used Capoeria to help in their freedom. Supported by Cambridge Road Residents Association, Axe Capoeira uk and Quilumbo the current once a week training session see's people from all walks of life coming together to enjoy themselves and have fun.
So what is the history of Capoeria and what is it.
Capoeira's history begins with the beginning of African slavery in Brazil. Since the 17th century, Portuguese colonists began exporting slaves to their colonies, coming mainly from West Africa. Brazil, with its vast territory, received most of the slaves, almost 40% of all slaves sent through the Atlantic Ocean. The early history of capoeira is still controversial, especially the period between the 16th century and the beginning of the 19th century, since historical documents were very scarce in Brazil at that time. But oral tradition, language and evidence leaves little doubt about its Afro-Brazilian roots.
In the 16th century, Portugal had claimed one of the largest territories of the colonial empires, but lacked people to colonize it, especially workers. In the Brazilian colony, the Portuguese, like many European colonists, chose to use slavery to supply this shortage of workers. In its first century, the main economic activity in the colony was the production and processing of sugar cane. Portuguese colonists created large sugarcane farms called engenhos, which depended on the labor of slaves. Slaves, living in inhumane and humiliating conditions, were forced to work hard and often suffered physical punishment for small misbehaviors. Although slaves often outnumbered colonists, rebellions were rare due to lack of weapons, harsh colonial law, disagreement between slaves coming from different African cultures and lack of knowledge about the new land and its surroundings usually discouraged the idea of a rebellion.
In this environment, capoeira was born as a simple hope of survival. It was a tool with which an escaped slave, completely unequipped, could survive in the hostile, unknown land and face the hunt of the capitães-do-mato, the armed and mounted colonial agents who were charged with finding and capturing escapees.
Vist https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capoeira for further information.