Brincadeira Viva Martial Arts - Capoeira and Kung Fu

Playing Life Academy's Brincadeira Viva program provides Martial Art training in the disciplines of Capoeira and Kung Fu from September through June. This program fulfills high school Physical Education requirements.

More than a repetitious regimen, Martial Arts engages the whole student by teaching technique, application, theory and philosophy, providing them with a lifetime of rewarding physical, mental and social activity.

Martial Arts training provides practical instruction in self-defense. Our philosophy is that the best self-defense is self-control and confidence. Students are instructed in the key concepts of Accurate Assessment – Accurate Response, their application effective in reducing the occurrence of violent physical confrontation. Martial Arts provides a framework for understanding the patterns and elements of physical confrontation, preparing the student with practical solutions.

Capoeira is a game of physical chess. Emerging from a rich African-Brazilian heritage, Capoeira is martial art, dance, music and song. Capoeira students develop the flexibility and agility of a dancer and the speed and timing of a powerful athlete as they play Capoeira, a game of physical chess. Instruction includes gymnastics, introduction to Brazilian Portuguese and Capoeira's instruments and songs.

Kung Fu is inspired by the strategies of animals. Chinese monks invented highly effective martial arts inspired by the strategies of animals. Just as accurate assessment and accurate response are the keys to survival for the agile tiger, the clever monkey and the single-minded preying mantis, they are the keys to success in Kung Fu. Brincadeira Viva's training curriculum includess self-defense techniques, forms, sparring and weapons training. Our training system is influenced by Cascos Blossom Fist System, Simo and Sifu Owens, Oakland. Kung Fu prepares the students for life's challenges – physical and mental.

Capoeira Teen Classes

Anacondas Class builds the foundation for Capoeira play. In this class students develop a deeper understanding of Capoeira and its traditions, including language, music and song. Students may begin with comfortable clothing, but uniform is eventually required.No shoes. Ages 9 and above. Fri, 6-7pm. [schedule] Separate class for continuing students - Anacondas Intermediate: Sat, 10-11. With instructor's permission only. [schedule]

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Capoeira Teen Program

The Capoeira Teen program is designed to support students through the 5th level of Capoeira training. Opportunities for advancement typically take place three times each year at the Batisdado event. It is a self-paced program for advancement, time required to reach the 5th level typically requiring 4-5 years of study. Students advancing to the Yellow Cord, 5th level, have developed a considerable foundation in Capoeira and may apply to the Brincadeira Viva Advanced Training Program.

Dragons Class grounds the student is Kung Fu's basic elements and techniques. Students will progress to the refinement of forms, application of movements, and increased understanding of philosophical concepts. Students may begin with comfortable clothing, but uniform is eventually required. No shoes. Sat, 9-10 am. Ages 9 and above. [schedule]

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Kung Fu Teen Program

The Kung Fu Teen program is designed to support students through the 4th level of Kung Fu training. Opportunities for advancement typicallly take place three times throughout the year. It is a self-paced program for advancement, time required to reach the 4th level typically requiring 4-5 years of study. Students advancing to the Purple Belt, 4th level, have developed a considerable foundation in Kung Fu and may apply to the Brincadeira Viva Advanced Training Program.

Advanced Training Program

For students who have achieved the 5th level in Capoeira and/or the 4th level in Kung Fu. This program is intended for the student who is committed to working towards advancement to the Capoeira Formado, graduate, equivalent to Black Belt, and/or 8th level in Kung Fu, 1st Degree Black Sash. The Formado or Black Sash exam is presided over by the Playing Life Academy graduates and other Martial Arts dignitaries. Although the program is self-paced, students are expected to attend at least three classes per week and may typically complete the program in three-five years. Training focuses on advanced techniques, performances and preparation for teaching. Students are required to assist Zensay and attend performances. The Advanced Training Program is intended for completion during the high school years.

Teen Girls and Women's Capoeira

Brincadeira Viva offers Capoeira workshops, seminars, and classes especially for Teen Girls and Women.

This gives teens girls and women an opportunity to train together, concentrating on areas such as upper body strength and gaining confidence in Capoeira play. Private and group instruction. Call us so we can design a curriculum for you!

Brincadeira Viva in the Community

We offer our services to the community in the form of entertainment and/or educational workshops or seminars for schools, community organizations and corporations. Call us so we can craft a presentation for your group!