Capoeira was born out of the slave trade around 500 years ago in Brazil. It was developed by the slaves as a martial art, however it was designed to look like tribal dances and rituals so that the slave masters would not suspect the violent aspect of the art. A crucial component of learning Capoeira has been the ability to mask your movements and intentions in an apparently non-threatening dance, combining combat and music. At Southampton we have an enthusiastic Capoeira teacher, Mestre Joaozinho, who teaches the Angola style of Capoeira and we also have open training sessions to practice together. You're welcome to come to any of our sessions! Your first session is free. Please see our Facebook group for more info( or if you have any more questions feel free to email us.

Welcome! Bem vindo! Capoeira is an Afro-Brasilian martial art and group art form combining elements of combat and defense, dance and music. 'Games' are 'played' by two people at a time, accompanied by live music created by a 'batería' of musicians. The instruments include the berimbau (one stringed percussive instrument), pandero (tambourine) and the atabaque (large hand drum), among others. Songs from the Afro-Brasilian tradition also accompany games, and recount the stories of people living with migration, slavery, politics, cultural change and a vivid natural world. Joining Capoeira is joining a global network of people - nearly every city on the planet has some form of Capoeira group that will be glad to welcome fellow capoeristas. 

The society at Southampton is led by mestre Joãozinho da Figueira, a Brasilian master of the Angola style of Capoeira. Training sessions are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. All are welcome, regardless of experience and level of fitness/musical exposure! Capoeira is a great way to build strength, balance and flexibility, but if the movement isn't your cup of tea, then join us on Fridays to learn to play the instruments and accompany the games. As mestre likes to say, Capoeira builds strength of your mind, your body and your life, and is very complementary to other sports and activities. 

Your first session is free! In 2022 FROM OCTOBER 10TH our sessions take place on:

Tuesdays, 7 - 9:30pm, Meeting Room 2

Thursdays, 5 - 6:30pm, Clubs-Socs Room

Fridays, 6:30 - 9:30pm, Meeting Room 2

Before the 10th, watch our social media pages for details. We are holding free taster sessions during the class times above.

Please see our Facebook page and Instagram account (@capoeira.marazulfor more info or if you have any more questions feel free to email us at

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The Committee

All clubs and societies within the Students' Union are run entirely by students. The student committee for Capoeira this year are:

Jolian Goard

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Membership Information

These are the current membership fees offered by Capoeira, although many clubs and societies offer a free period for new members to try out their activities.

You must be a member of the Students' Union to join a club or society
NameCostValid PeriodDetails
Full Year Membership£100.0003/10/2022 - 31/07/2023Access to all classes and socials, all year.
Music Only Membership - Full Year£50.0003/10/2022 - 28/07/2023Want to learn to play the berimbau, pandero, atabaque and sing like a mestre? This is for you. This does not include movement classes. Music sessions take place on Fridays from 18:30, meeting room 2.
Semester 2£65.0001/02/2023 - 28/07/2023Movement, music and socials in semester 2.
Music, semester 1 OR 2£30.0003/10/2022 - 28/07/2023Learn to play the berimbau, pandero, atabaque and more over either semester 1 or 2. Music sessions take place on Fridays from 18:30.


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Health & Safety

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