Acupé is a Quilombo close to the small town of Santo Amaro, in Bahia. Here people find hope and a new meaning to their lives thanks to the discipline and energy of Capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian martial art which has inclusion at its very core.
Capoeira was born of an oppressed people’s struggle for freedom. Throughout its history, Capoeira has always been associated with socially rejected groups and people excluded from the mainstream, yet who never ceased their struggle to affirm their identity, rights and cultural values.
In the Quilombo of Acupé the Capoeira classes for underprivileged people and street children are both practical and theoretical, always emphasizing the playful side of Capoeira, including elements that are fundamental for education and for the development of the kids’ physical, mental, and moral abilities.
Capoeira helps develop motor skills and self-confidence, and it also helps on the cultural side as well as with social integration. Through capoeira, the kids have contact with people of different social classes, and we show them that there is no difference between them. In the Capoeira Roda everyone is equal; everyone wears the same uniform. You don’t know who’s an expert or who’s a beginner.
For this reason, Capoeira has enormous potential for inclusion. Men and women of all origins, ages, faiths, incomes, and cultural levels are brought together by the capoeira roda. To the beat of the berimbau, they are all citizens of the world striving to improve their quality of life and bring about social justice | learn more about Capoeira