About

Capoeira Camara Calgary

Capoeira Camara Calgary offers instruction in Capoeira, a form of martial art developed in Brazil over 400 years ago that combines self-defense with elements of brazilian culture, music, dance and acrobatics for all ages (10 years +) and experience levels (beginner to advanced students). Mestre Bola (Marinaldo Da Silva) founded Capoeira Camara in 2005 which now includes academies in Toronto, Peterborough, Montreal, and Calgary, Canada, Bermuda, Russia and Brazil. Professor Frankenstien teachs dedicated students in Calgary Alberta, and always welcomes new faces!

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Professor Frankenstien

Professor Frankenstien (Roberval da Silva) has been training capoeira for over 20 years, and has been instructing students in Calgary for over 8 years. ‘Frankie’ has traveled all over the world to perform, teach, and spread capoeira and now teaches dedicated students in Calgary Alberta. He is always welcoming new faces!

Mestre Bola

Founder Mestre Bola (Marinaldo Da Silva) was born in Olinda, Pernambuco – a thriving centre of Afro-Brazilian culture with a long-standing Capoeira tradition. He began training with a top Capoeira Master in 1988. Initially, Bola moved to Vancouver in 1995 where he taught Capoeira for some time, but then relocated to Toronto in 2000 to open an academy. In 2005 he founded Capoeira Camará, which now includes academies in Toronto, Peterborough, Montreal, and Calgary, Canada, Bermuda, Russia and Brazil.

Beyond his teaching duties in Toronto, Bola participates in numerous Capoeira events all over the world. He is also an accomplished musician and is responsible for producing five successful annual Batizado e Troca da Corda shows. Overall, Bola has been promoting Brazilian culture and Capoeira for 15 years. His travels have taken him to training sessions and performances in St. Croix and to Capoeira workshops as far away as Russia.

Bola’s Capoeira expertise and leadership have also earned him international recognition. And, on numerous occasions, major media both in Canada and Brazil exclusively have interviewed him.

A Brief History of Capoeira

Capoeira Camara Calgary offers instruction in Capoeira (Ca-po-era), a form of martial art developed in Brazil over 400 years ago that combines self-defense with elements of brazilian culture, music, dance and acrobatics.

The emerging school of thought is that Capoeira developed in the streets of Brazil after the Abolition of 1888 by those who were once slaves. These East and West Africans and native Brazilians could not find work because they were illiterate and only possessed skills related to slavery, so they spent their days loitering on the streets. Love of music united these cultures and it was not long before the roots of Capoeira were planted. Music inspired dancing, comraderie inspired play, aggression inspired self-defense.

Capoeira is more than a martial art. It is an art form that exercises the mind as well as the body. Capoeira encourages men to be graceful and fluid, and women to be strong, powerful and confident. As for the children, they are not taught the fighting aspects of Capoeira until they have matured and have developed a solid understanding of the cooperative game of call and response. Capoeira is the whole package – exercise for the mind, body and soul.

To learn more about this unique and all-encompasing martial art, feel free to come by the studio to check out a class!