Capoeira crazy

As well as sessions of karate and gymnastics, the young people are learning an Afro-Brazilian sport called capoeira. It’s a martial art with elements of dance, acrobatics and music.

Brought over by African slaves to South America, capoeira was named after a high grass which grows in Brazil.

Played in a circle, there are no winners or losers. Through its combination of kicks and acrobatics, the sport is all about channelling energy and aggression through physical challenge.

Since it requires nothing more than a few metres of flat space, capoeira is proving popular across many countries.

Trainers say it helps children to learn about working in groups and also teaches them discipline and respect for others. And you can see from all the energy required, it’s obviously a great way to exercise.