“Capoeira forms community...The kids become friends.
The teachers become mentors.”
- Jen ( CapoeiraDC parent)
With the persistence of systemic racism, racial disparities in access to community wellness resources and access to the arts, and the rapid pace of gentrification, there is an urgent need for people to have spaces where they can practice a liberating art. CapoeiraDC teaches a martial art that was developed by those who fought against anti-Black racism in its worst form. By teaching capoeira, we give voice to continued justice fighting.
Through all that capoeira offers – its martial art, movement, music, culture, and history – we give people across the District a positive physical outlet, a positive creative outlet, community, exposure to diverse cultures, and a practice in liberation.
Since its founding in 2001, CapoeiraDC has grown to reach 300+ students on average per year. We have a diverse membership where people of all races, ages, and physical ability are represented and where Black and Brown people are affirmed. Many of us initially joined to try a fun physical activity. We have by and large stayed because of the empowerment, community, and belonging we have gained here.
What Parents Say
“My kids have gained self-confidence and are not intimidated by new challenges - when facing something new, they know that they can break it down, work on it, and will eventually master it...This self-confidence has translated to other activities.”