Angola is an African-Brazilian art form - a fluid rhythmic martial art;
a ritual; a dance of deceptive vulnerability, wit, and grace. The
intricate movements of Capoeira Angola weave African tradition,
history, spirituality, and philosophy into a uniquely beautiful "game".
Like many African based traditions, it is orally transmitted from
masters to students.
the Bantu origins of Capoeira (called N'golo) were relatively peaceful,
early forms of Capoeira Angola were used by enslaved Africans in Brazil
to combat the colonial opression of Portugese rulers. Its practitioners
used the art as a weapon of resistance during revolts and in defense of
the Quilombos -- communities/nations of formerly enslaved Africans. The
use of Capoeira was outlawed by the Portugese and for almost 400 years
it was practiced only in secret. Not until the 1930's was it made
leagal to teach and practice Capoeira Angola. It survivies because of
the wisdom and dedication of a handful of mestres.
Played in a circle, the roda (game) of
Capoeira Angola is an infinitely varied combinaton of movements, a mix
of acrobatics, choreographed rituals, and dance: humor and seriousness,
fun and struggle are entwined in a metaphor of motion and flourished
One World Report Local
Radio Interviews our group.
Currents Streaming Video (lo-res) Local Seattle PBS Film
featuring our Capoeira Angola group KCTS
Currents Streaming Video (hi-res)
Capoeira Angola Foundation(FICA) Washington D.C. Headquarters
Articles, history, classes, calendar of events, biographies and more.
of Washington Newspaper "The Daily" Article on Seattle ICAF
Capoeira Angola Encounter Events at UW.
Angola Center of Mestre João Grande School of one
of a very few remaining Angoleiros who were dedicated students of the
legendary Mestre Pastinha.
article by Mestre Pastinha written in the 1960's for