Capoeira In The Curriculum
Professor Reza Baba Massah has devised a learning system based on Capoeira movement, Sports Science, Pedagogy, and the Consciousness of a growing child. The curriculum is spread across Primary, Middle School and High School for Class I to XII and is delivered at the school premises and integrated into their curriculum. At the heart of the philosophy is the belief that education must cater to the overall development of the child. Traditional education approaches academic subjects in such a manner that it seems to stimulate only the mind or the intellect. Our philosophy is to enhance the education system by working with the hands ( through movement), the heart ( through music) and the head ( through.....learning strategy, reflexes, concentration, and discipline) where learning becomes engaging. The very young child builds coordination, reflex, and spatial awareness through imitation and imagination, the grade school child improves flexibility and agility through senses, and the adolescent learns perfect technique through the intellect.
From early childhood to adolescents of different age groups, we use capoeira movement, martial art, dance, music, performing arts, and acrobatics to build a child's physical, mental, emotional, and social growth. By integrating sports and arts with academics, our goal is to help create meaningful and rewarding learning experiences that will remain with the children for the rest of their lives, and to create a culture of stronger, healthier and happier citizens.
We currently run programs at B.D. Somani International School (Cuffe Parade), Innodai Waldorf School ( Andheri), CP Goenka International School (Juhu, Thane, Borivali and Oshiwara), Billabong (Santacruz and Andheri), Swami Vivekanand International School (Gorai and Kandivali), Bombay Scottish (Mahim), The British School (New Delhi) as a part of the curriculum.
Capoeira – Martial art and self defence training.
Training in traditional Capoeira music and percussion.
Dance – Afro, Samba, Maculele.
Workshops with international capoeira masters.
Internal: CDO India conducts regular student assessments. As capoeira is a non competitive sport, there is no grading system, however the assessments are created in a way that the child competes with him/herself.
International: Every year, CDO India holds a Batizado ceremony, a baptism of new students and graduation of senior students to the next level. Students receive their belts depending on the years of training and the level achieved. International masters from all over the world are invited to this ceremony.