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Monday, January 15, 2018

Capoeira workshop at Witty International School Pawan Baug (2017-18).

Report on Capoeira Workshop

Learning, thought, creativity and intelligence are not processes of the brain alone, but of the whole body. Sensations, emotions and integrative functions of the central nervous system are rooted in the body making ‘movement’ as fundamental as formal learning. Witty International School has always been in the search of workshops that encourage exercise, discipline and excitement to be in school. The workshops should help to boost the self-esteem and confidence of a child too. To enable these goals, Witty Pawan Baug organised a Capoeira workshop by the group Cordao De Ouro (CDO)

It has its presence in 85 countries and has completed 60 years internationally. CDO in India was founded by Reza Baba Massah, who trained at CDO Israel and is a certified Capoeira instructor. From 4 students in 2006, the Capoeira way of life, today, impacts more than a thousand lives.
In the last few years, Capoeira has taken the world by storm. All over the world it is an art form in demand, a most sought-after means of creative self-expression. Capoeira is Brazil's National Sport, a unique sport that combines fight moves, dance, acrobatics, with live music and Afro-Brazilian culture. Unlike many other martial arts, where the goal is to subdue an opponent, in Capoeira there are no winners or losers.

It is a well known fact that increase in brain activity occurs during exercise, especially in areas of the brain dealing with thinking and memory. Moving the body demands a lot from the brain – coordinating muscle contractions, vision, balance, organ function and all of the complex interactions of bodily systems. Capoeira is one of the best forms of fitness as it not only includes body locomotion but needs strategic use of the mind to make use of these movements in the form of dance. An integral part of capoeira is its music which research has proved improves analytical thinking and memory.

The workshop incorporated free movement based exercises done with individuals, in pairs and groups helping the students in strength, flexibility, reflexes and co ordination.

“Teaching in the form of games makes it fun and challenging. Capoeira is the only martial art in the world that is non violent, non aggressive and non competitive and at the same time teaches self defence in the most unique way,” encouraged founder, Reza Baba Massah.

During the workshop, the children were introduced to the Roda, a circle in which the Capoeira game is played between two capoeiristas. They learnt to compete respectfully and that aggression can be expressed with style and grace rather than brute force. The capoeiristas also learnt to play and master more instruments like the berimbau and atabaque. They were also introduced to Maculele, an Afro-Brazilian dance form through warm-ups. Capoeira, very simply, helped a child navigate the complexities of human interaction, the importance of being ready for anything, the value of cleverness and the strength of indirect resistance.

The Principal Mr Bijo Kurian enthused, “The mind is trained to be peaceful in order to synchronise it with body movements, and extend this harmony to life and society. In today’s times it is an important tool for balanced growth of children. I am happy to see them enjoying the sport while gaining confidence.” 



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