If you walk past Hart 234 on a Tuesday evening or Saturday afternoon, you may hear feet and hands thudding on the floor, enthusiastic chatter, or the exotic sound of Brazilian berimbau music. If you guessed “zumba workshop”, try again.
Welcome to the capoeira workshop on campus. Here, students come to socialize, have a great time, and be taught techniques from this centuries-old Brazilian dance and martial arts form.
Classes on campus are taught by student instructor Patrick Weaver.
“You use your whole body instead of just your arms or just your legs. You’re using everything. It’s an amazing workout, and it’s a lot of fun. You get a lot of music majors, you get a lot of just−anyone. Political science majors, it’s just for everyone. ”
Long ago, African slaves on Brazilian plantations secretly trained in fighting techniques, disguised in dance form to avoid suspicion from their captors. When slaves would escape, they would use capoeira to avoid recapture.
In modern times, capoeira has become a popular way to learn self-defense, perform impressive dance tricks, and improve physical fitness.
Says photography major Ethan Hunsaker, “I love the balance that it gives you. The ability to control your body in a way that you didn’t think was possible. Before I did this class, I couldn’t do a handstand. But now, I can do full cartwheels, full handstands. It’s just the control of your body that I like the most.”
Students of all skill levels are encouraged to drop in and try it out. So, I thought I’d give it a go, just for kicks.
Not too bad, for a beginner.
From the Hart building at BYU Idaho, this is Scott Butler, Scroll digital.