Adults today have busy lifestyles and in addition to de-stressing and relaxing, they need a regular form of exercise to recharge their neurons. If it isn't clear from the superhero-like bodies of some of our capoeiristas, capoeira has some impressive health benefits, such as:
Strength: Capoeiristas are always moving around on their hands - handstands, rolls - all of which drastically improves upper body strength. They also perform many jumping kicks and movements that improve leg strength.
Flexibility: Some capoeiristas are on par with yoga practitioners in terms of their flexibility.
Cardio and Stamina: Intense capoeira games can require enormous amounts of energy. This, combined with constant repetition of movements and techniques, makes capoeira a valuable cardio exercise.
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 health.
Active brain: It is a well known fact that increase in brain activity occurs during exercise especially in areas of the brain dealing with thinking and memory. Coordinating muscle contractions, vision, balance, organ function and all of the complex interactions of bodily systems - capoeira moves demand a lot from the brain.
In addition to the numerous health benefits that capoeira offers, it can also improve your social life.
Meet new people: When you join a capoeira group, you become part of a family. You will meet people from all over the world, and you will definitely make new friends along the way.
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.
Immerse yourself in a new culture: Capoeira is deeply connected to Brazil. In a time when many martial arts are reduced to aerobic workouts and cookie cutter dojos, capoeira maintains all of it's roots and traditions.
Travel: Travel with the group for events across the world.
Gain confidence: If nothing else, capoeira is perfect for instilling a sense of pride and confidence in anyone who plays. Not only will you feel stronger and more courageous once you become comfortable in the jogo, you'll find confidence in knowing that you are unique among your (non-capoeira) peers because you can do things they couldn't imagine doing.