The San Francisco Capoeira Center’s Mindful Capoeira

The San Francisco Capoeira Center’s approach to capoeira is an approach rooted in mindfulness. In our capoeira practice we start from balance and cultivate balance through slow deliberate and mindful movement. We have taken the “momentum” out of the way that we practice capoeira. Through eliminating momentum in training, we demand that the body stays balanced. Our philosophy is that a movement is not complete unless it can be stopped, transformed, transmuted and reshaped at any given time.

The game of Mindful Capoeira is dynamic. Each played is always moving from a place of balance, of control, where any movement can stem from the middle of any other movement. The players are always synchronized to each other and the game is always in a state of change. The players cannot have an agenda. The players must be able to adapt and change the course of their movement at any time whether in the midst of a kick, cartwheel, or acrobatic movement.

This constant state of change is the reason that we practice from a state of control and balance. With this mindful approach to capoeira we can create classes that are tailored to EVERY BODY. It does not matter what the student capable of on their first day. Because we start from balance, we start from wherever the student is. If the student can walk on their feet, then we start from there.

mind·ful·ness
ˈmīndfəlnəs/
noun
noun: mindfulness
1.
the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
“their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”
2.
a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

dy·nam·ic adjective \dī-ˈna-mik\
: always active or changing

: having or showing a lot of energy

: of or relating to energy, motion, or physical force