ABADÁ-Capoeira believes in using capoeira as an effective vehicle for promoting social change and integration and stimulating individual growth. ABADÁ-Capoeira uses the instruction and performance of capoeira to transcend socio-economic barriers between communities and encourage community empowerment. ABADÁ-Capoeira helps meet the community’s need for safe, accessible space for participants of all ages and abilities to participate in meaningful activities that engage body, heart, and mind, and serves as a valuable cultural resource. The organization promotes individual and community values of respect, cooperation, and freedom.
ABADÁ-Capoeira promotes the following individual and community values.
Respect: Maintain respect for ourselves, each other, our ever-evolving capoeira community, the studio we share, and the art that we practice together.
Freedom: Create a safe space to express ourselves as the unique individuals we are.
Equality: Acknowledge everyone’s contribution as valuable. Never underestimate anyone – especially yourself.
Integrity: Be fair, impartial, and true to our word. Admit when we are wrong and strive to make it right.
Leadership: Serve as positive role models, both inside the studio while training and outside of the studio as community representatives of ABADÁ. Offer help when we can give it and ask for help when we need it. Hold ourselves and each other accountable for our actions.
Community: Share experiences – both hard and easy, joyous and frustrating. Foster a sense of belonging, camaraderie, and wonder. Meet new people and have fun!
Education: Seek to understand and honour our rich traditions.
Strength: Build strong minds, bodies, and souls. Push our limits and approach challenges as opportunities for growth, remembering that failure is essential for success.
ABADÁ’s teaching methodology is both challenging and supportive, rooted in the belief that encouragement and positive role modelling enable capoeira to enrich the lives of all students, regardless of level or background. A BADÁ-Capoeira provides all students with leadership skills and tools to develop into competent professionals.
ABADÁ-Capoeira prides itself on the originality and constant refinement of its style of capoeira, renown for efficiency, aesthetics, and cultural and historical relevance. The original style of ABADÁ-Capoeira seeks to incorporate both Capoeira Regional and Capoeira Angola, and embraces the modernizing innovations of the legendary Mestre Bimba without losing sight of the history and philosophy of the ancient art.
ABADÁ-Capoeira believes that the study of capoeira involves dedication to all the various aspects of the art, including the relentless pursuit of technical mastery of the physical elements of capoeira, constant evolution of the technique to improve efficiency and prevent injury, understanding of and reverence for capoeira’s rich history, individual competency and knowledge of the music and instruments of capoeira, preservation and recovery of the instruments, rhythms, and games of capoeira, and participation in the larger capoeira community in Brazil and throughout the world.
ABADÁ-Capoeira believes that Capoeira is an art; an interdisciplinary art that brings together different aspects of sports, culture and martial arts.
ABADÁ-Capoeira’s philosophy has been developed at various levels. It seeks to increase the technical and theoretical level of the capoeira student by using capoeira as a valuable educational resource of art and culture. It also aims at the professionalization of capoeira by trying to rescue the value of the Master of Capoeira as the producer and transmitter of culture and experience.
ABADÁ-Capoeira seeks to contribute to the formation of human values among ethnic groups based on respect, socialization and freedom, all of which aim to strengthen and enhance capoeira in its character, dignity and personal worth through Brazilan Culture.
To ABADÁ-Capoeira, Capoeira is both an ancient and future art. It is the living expression of the freedom of people and should, we believe, be practiced with reverence; deserving of our respect and attention, while at the same time transforming and preserving its values, but leaving the roost free to be what it is. As well as being the chameleon, its change is only to preserve its essence.
The activities of ABADÁ-Capoeira are based on some of the teachings of Master Bimba in respect to Capoeira Regional and Capoeira Angola, which unite to be considered as a whole: a unit in evolution.
Thus, the fundamentals of capoeira are the preservation of the tradition of technical developments, care and diligence; in the manufacturing of instruments and uniforms, in the technical improvement and mutual respect to the basic work of learning, in the balance, quick thinking to neutralize attacks through dodging, speed and efficiency, and in the unity of the components of ABADÁ-Capoeira.