This week we have been practicing Mestre Bimba’s sequences. These are drills between two players to help learn how to put the movements together into combinations of attacks and defensive movements or evasions.

We’ll start with sequence #1:mestre bimba sequence 1 - capoeira washington dc

Player One (Plain Pants) Meia Lua de Frente, Meia Lua de Frente, Armada, Aú
Player Two (Striped Pants) Cocorinha, Cocorinha, Negativa, Cabeçada
Step 1 The two players begin to ginga
Step 2 Player One steps forward towards Player Two in order to be in the position to attack
Step 3 Player One attacks with Meia Lua de Frente, while Player Two defends with Cocorinha
Step 4 When Player One finished the kick Player Two stands up
Step 5 Player One attacks again with Meia Lua de Frente. Player Two defends with Cocorinha
Step 6 Player One finishes the kick but instead of taking the foot back to the ginga position, finishes with the foot forward in a position to attack with Armada
Step 7 Player One attacks with Armada
Step 8 Player Two defends with Negativa, positioning the foot behind Player Ones support leg, in order to take him down
Step 9 Player One escapes with an Aú
Step 10 Player Two attacks with a Cabeçada (while Player One is still in the Au)


Read more about the sequences here: Mestre Bimba’s Sequences

Practice the moves and learn more at our next Washington DC Capoeira class!

In honor of Thanksgiving, there will not be capoeira class on Thursday, November 22 and Saturday, November 24.
Be ready to work off that pumpkin pie on Tuesday 11/27!

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I know this photo has nothing to do with capoeira… but just look how festive it is!

We are happy to announce our new Winter Schedule for our Washington, DC Capoeira Classes!
  • Tuesdays at 7:00 – 8:00 pm at All Souls Church (Upper level auditorium)
  • Thursdays at 7:00 – 8:00 pm at All Souls Church (Upper level auditorium)
  • Saturdays at 10:30 – noon (Lower level gymnasium)

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art disguised as a dance and performed to musical instruments and traditional Brazilian songs. It is comprised of specific offensive and defensive movements and, unlike in other martial arts, the participant is constantly in motion because of the basic movement, the ginga. The movements also consist of positions on the ground, kicks, sweeps and acrobatics.

Our style, capoeira regional, is practiced to a quick beat and kicks are performed in an upright and aggressive style. The result? A high-energy, always exciting workout!

No prior experience is necessary. Beginners should wear loose fitting clothing and light footwear. Advanced capoeiristas should wear traditional white capoeira pants and a t-shirt. Shirts and capoeira pants are available for purchase.

For new students, mention you learned about our new student promotion on and you’ll get 2 weeks for $15!

Hope you are staying safe, dry and with power still.

According to All Souls’ website the building will be closed tomorrow so there will not be capoeira class. Please let your classmates know! 

Hope to see you Thursday instead!



Headed to Columbia Heights Day? You won’t want to miss it!!

At 1:30 pm to 2 pm, Capoeira Barro Vermelho will put on a mini-class and do some capoeira play on Harriet Tubman Elementary School’s field at Kenyon from 11th to 13th Streets. 

PLEASE come out and show your support by participating in the class! Everyone is invited.

This will be a great time to get a taste of capoeira in general and learn more about the classes and October specials. 

Capoeira Sul da Bahia’s 7th Batizado

Please join us this weekend as we attend and participate in Capoeira Sul da Bahia’s Batizado!  There will not be a class on Thursday & maybe Saturday too, so that everyone has the opportunity to attend this workshop & batizado.

Since the last post they have released a more detailed schedule:

  • Thu Sep 27 | Workshop w/ Professor Pedro from Italy | 6:30-8:30pm
  • Fri Sep 28 | Workshop w/Mestre Railson from Bahia Brazil | 7:30-9:00 pm | Roda 9-11pm
  • Sat Sep 29 | Batizado 10:00 am -3:00pm (kids Batizado is 10am-12pm and adults batizado is 12pm -3pm).

The fees will depend on how many events you will go to. Anyone & everyone, including students of capoeira or people who just want to watch, are invited to view the batizado on Saturday as a “expectator” for only $5.

  • One Workshop = $35
  • One workshop + Batizado (includes a t-shirt) = $75
  • Two workshops + Batizado (Includes a t-shirt) = $99
  • Batizado Participer = $25 (Includes a t-shirt) *WE DO GROUP DISCOUNTS
  • Batizado expectator = $5

If you are thinking of registering for a workshop and/or the batizado, please let us know in the DC Capoeira Facebook group so that we can organize a group discount.

Additional information:

Capoeira class tonight is canceled because of the tornado watch. See you on Thursday!