Why Capoeira ?
Be healthier: strength, flexibility, cardio and stamina
  • Strength: Capoeiristas are always moving around on their hands with handstands, rolls, poses, etc. This makes a marked improvement on upper body strength. Also, so many of the movements require one to engage the abs and core strength. Capoeira training causes one's body to cope with the rigors of the ridiculous movements. The movements inherently build slow and quick twitch muscle fibers, enhance breathing and blood flow, build flexibility, build hand and eye coordination, balance and much more.
  • Flexibility: Some capoeiristas are on par with serious yoga practitioners in terms of their flexibility. But even those who moderately improve their flexibility lower their risk for injury and increase their everyday mobility.
  • Cardio and stamina: Many times athletes from various sports are surprised when they feel winded from a capoeira workout. This is because capoeira uses muscle groups and cardio fitness in unique ways. Intense capoeira practice can require enormous amounts of energy. This, combined with constant repetition of movements and techniques, makes capoeira a valuable cardio exercise that can boost endurance.
  • Overall fitness: Capoeira will improve your strength, flexibility and stamina, thus improving your overall fitness. It may take a while to become fit, but once you start to take capoeira seriously you can become the picture of fitness.
Be happier: de-stress, be confident, make friends
  • Gain confidence: If nothing else, capoeira is perfect for instilling a sense of pride and confidence in anyone who practices. Not only will you feel stronger and more courageous once you become comfortable in the jogo (game), you'll find confidence in knowing that you are unique among your peers because you can do things they couldn't imagine doing.Gain new skills: Our methods are ground in 50 years of work, and we find everyone manages to leap over their limitations and learn amazing new skills, acrobatics, abilities.
  • Meet new people: When you join a capoeira group, you become part of a family. You will meet people from your own city and all over the world through capoeira events and practice. Capoeira is at once a widely communal and a deeply individual experience. You will gain the ability to do things that most of the general public could never dream of. And in doing so, you will discover a true sense of uniqueness.
  • Learn a new language: You may not become fluent (though that's always a possibility), but there is no doubt that you will come to understand and perhaps speak a bit of Brazilian Portuguese.Learn about a new culture: Capoeira is deeply connected to Africa and Brazil. In a time when many martial arts are reduced to aerobic workouts and cookie cutter dojos, capoeira maintains all of its roots and traditions
What is it?
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian community orientated martial art done to live music and song,
it involves many elements of acrobatics, flow, control and creativity.

Developed by African slaves in Brazil, this holistic mind body and soul practice helped the slaves fight against oppression, strengthen themselves and their communities and liberate them from their daily ailments.

Acrobatic, fun, social, inspiring, invigorating, inclusive and of course for everyone all ages and abilities, you can not find a better way to spend your spare time, then playing capoeira, and making music with friends

CDOB stands for Cordão de Ouro Britain, which means Britain's belt of gold in Brazilian Portuguese.

Cordão de Ouro was founded over 50 years and is an international organisation with affiliate groups in various countries worldwide, our global Capoeira community is based in São Paulo, Brazil, under our Grand Master, Mestre Suassuna, one of the world's most renowned pioneers for Capoeira in the world. CDOB was set up in 2009 and has become an international reference point in Europe and recognized as far abroad as Indonesia, South Africa, Japan, Israel, Costa Rica and the USA.

In 2014 we opened our first Brazilian Cultural Centre

The first of its kind in the UK
Meet the Masters
Our Contramestres both have almost 20 years of dedicated practice. They belong to new generation of pioneering professionals living to promote, develop and travel consistently all over the world to teach, train and play Capoeira.
Contramestre Joyce
Joyce Rodrigues Peres has been involved in Capoeira and Brazilian arts since she was a young child in Brazil. Growing up in São Paulo, one of the largest cities in Latin America, gave her a global perspective and access to many different cultures and cultural contexts.

She has been heavily involved in Capoeira for 20 years and has been training and travelling with the art for 16 years.

Her first experiences were with her brother and her first teacher in the suburbs, where she trained for 3 years with Mestre Xuxo who is from the same suburb as Joyce. When he left to work with Capoeira in Europe Joyce began her training under the guidance of Grande Mestre Suassuna in the centre of São Paulo at Cordão de Ouro head quarters.

She has been a disciple of Mestre Suassuna for 10 years in Brazil and in 2014 she moved to the UK and co-founded the first Brazilian Cultural Centre CDOB in Birmingham. Since she has been here in Europe she has been under very high demand, travelling almost every weekend to different festivals in various countries to teach and perform.

Joyce is one of the top female Cordão de Ouro Capoeiristas in Europe and in 2013 she graduated in the first ever all female Cordão de Ouro formatura of Capoeira professors held in Ilhéus Bahia and run by Mestre Suassuna himself. Her years of experience and her international travels have given her a unique view of how Capoeira and Brazilian arts have been developed globalised taught and performed worldwide.

In 2015 Joyce was invited to partake in the "this girl can" project in Birmingham celebrating active women and celebrating international women's day. This resulted in her creating a new festival which has become an annual success. "Maria do Camboata" is a weekend festival hosted in Birmingham designed to engage women (and men) to celebrate International women's day, and some of the worlds top female Capoeira artists. The event has participants of all genders and backgrounds from across the globe, and the female artists who teach and perform also share their personal experiences and cultural contexts. This event has become a huge inspiration and sparked many further projects to provoke a better understanding of how culture and the arts can be a means for social change.
Contramestre Mascote
Mascote has had over 15 years practising the art, since 2001, and over 10 years of professional experience teaching and performing Capoeira, since 2006. Mascote has directed, conducted workshops, and performed in numerous international festivals and arts events worldwide, to great acclaim, and is internationally recognised, having taught and performed all over Europe, and as far away as Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and, of course, Brazil.

Mascote started his career as a young professional actor from 1996 – 2004, performing in various theatre and television productions, as part of "Stagecoach" in the Marlowe theatre in Canterbury, and the "Central Junior Television workshops" in Carlton TV studios in Nottingham (famous for the successes of Samantha Morton, Shane Meadows & Toby Kebbell).

Then, after 3 years intensive Capoeira training, and his first trip to Brazil in 2003, Mascote fell in love with this fine Brazilian art form, and decided to study it further. From 2004 – 2005, he spent 12 months training and travelling full time in Brazil, under the famous "Cordao de Ouro" Capoeira School, with the Great Mestre Suassuna.

When he returned from Brazil, Mascote started his undergraduate degree in Sociology at the University of Nottingham, writing his final dissertation thesis on the Sociology of Capoeira. This has really allowed him to put his multi-cultural experience into a wider perspective, and all his work has a highly sociological background.

In 2008, after several other projects, Mascote moved to Birmingham and founded his own branch of the Cordao de Ouro Capoeira School, which he called CDOB.

Mascote has taught and performed in various institutions over the years, including resident teaching and performing work at The Dancexchange (2009-2014), including teaching for their Centre for Advanced Training; various activities at the University of Birmingham, including 'Brazilian Folk', a piece of musical and physical theatre, which Mascote directed and choreographed; the Drum arts centre in both performance and event management; the Midland Arts Centre, as part of the International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014; and the University of Nottingham Mental Health Institute, hosting a research project into Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery in 2015.

Mascote founded the first International Capoeira Festival Birmingham, in 2010, which aims annually to engage public participation of up to 150 Capoeiristas from across the globe, & has hosted world famous guest master artists such as: Mestre Jogo de Dentro, Mestre Acordeon & Grande Mestre Suassuna.
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