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Welcome to the Capoeira Society at Sussex! We are dedicated to promote, practice and sustain this amazing part of afro-brazilian culture.


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From September 2015 on we have classes as follows:

FRIDAY / 3 - 5 pm / Meeting Room 1 / Falmer House / Sussex University Campus

For more Information check our facebook group: Capoeira@Sussex or use the link on the right



We are here at the University of Sussex to share our passion which encompasses dance, percussion music, acrobatic moves, stealth kicks, philosophies, histories and cultures. Led by Boneco De Sousa, an experienced Brazilian Capoeiriesta and certified trainer, come and savor a face-to-face experience of a culture that might be your next big thing!

Capoeira can be defined as found in Michellis Brazilian Portuguese-English dictionary as ‘Wrestling with legs’. Its physical aspects are reflected in other martial arts and various dance styles, especially those created in recent years, but Capoeira isn’t just a physical exercise. Capoeira inspires artists around the world, including painters and musicians, because it is a whole culture with elements of movements, music, tradition, history and language.

Unless one tries Capoeira personally, one cannot really understand it. The language is not just the spoken one, Portuguese, which one learns while practising Capoeira through the songs and the names of the movements. It’s also the language where the moves themselves become words. A Capoeirista won’t say they fight, one plays a Capoeira game. That game is a conversation with questions and answers. It takes place within a circle called ‘Roda’, created by musicians and those watching the game and singing the chorus.

A beginner, even someone who speaks Portuguese, starts learning the rhythm first, then the basic single words, eventually songs comes much easier and one is interested and encouraged to learn to play an instrument. Often, people find singing in front of others intimidating, but they are not isolated and realising that, having a go is really rewarding.

The training at Sussex is part of the Brighton Local group that is called ‘Menino Quem Foi Seu Mestre’ which literally means ‘Boy, who is your master?’.



To become a member please klick on 'add to basket' on the upper right corner of this page. Than go to your basket and follow the steps as instructed. You will be asked to pay an £10 entry fee which you can pay using your credit or debit card. The money goes to the Student Union and the society or the committtee is not benefiting from it in anyway.



As a member of the society you pay £2,50 each class and as a non-member you pay £5. We recommend you to become a member as it pays off very quickly. To make things a bit easier our member buy 4 classes at on go and in return receive a card valid for four classes. For each class you attended we will cross out one of the classes on your card. That means instead of paying £2,50 each class, our members pay £10 every four classes.

Costs per class

Member // £2,50

Non-member // £5



From September 2015 on we have classes as follows:

FRIDAY // 3 - 5 pm / Meeting Room 1 / Falmer House / Sussex University Campus



For More Information check our website or visit us on Facebook:



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