New to Capoeira?

Axé Atlanta offers Capoeira classes in Atlanta, GA for intro students with no experience. If you’ve been looking for a way to get fit, increase flexibility, and move like your favorite Capoeira videos, we’ve got you covered! Don’t worry about looking good for the cameras yet, just come out and have fun. Try one of our intro classes to learn Capoeira.


What is Capoeira?

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art created by slaves from Africa and Brazil in the 1500′s.


Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art created by slaves from Africa and Brazil in the 1500′s.

What is Capoeira?

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art created by slaves from Africa and Brazil in the 1500′s. Capoeira weaves elements of fight, dance, acrobatics, creativity and cunning in order to mystify and confuse its opponent to keep its motives hidden. Practiced to live music at a steady rhythm, Capoeira is most notably characterized into three distinct styles, Angola, Banguela and Regional. Angola pays particular attention to the traditions and rituals of Capoeira. More commonly played slowly and low to the ground, the play is animated yet deceptive. Banguela expresses itself with tricky sequences and fluid movements that creatively subdue the opponent. It is a middle-paced game played somewhere in between the Angola and Regional style. The Regional style emphasizes speed, agility and power in its attack combined with fast kicks, quick escapes, and well placed dynamic acrobatics. All three styles employ the use of counter attacks, open hand strikes, takedowns, sweeps, throws, kicks, headbutts, elbows, knees, and use of ground movements.

As a multi-cultural art form practiced widely today by millions of practitioners, Capoeira transcends race and color, backgrounds and prior ideals in order to unify people under one positive direction. Students take from Capoeira a sense of discipline, a sense of respect, a culture, a language, songs, history, movement and dance.


Latin Americas largest and most populous nation of nearly 200 million citizens, Brazil, received more Africans through the Trans-Atlantic slave trade than any other nation. And although many may not realize it, the Portuguese imported 9 times more slaves than their British counterparts would bring to the United States. Brazil: 4 million; 38% of all slaves; United States: 465,000; 4% of all slaves. Like others throughout the African Diaspora, slaves in Brazil suffered under the horrific conditions of slavery. By some accounts, because of the cruelty of Brazilian slavery, the average life span of a Brazilian slave was only about 7 years. Brazilian slaves often escaped and established Quilombos, independent maroon societies where former slaves governed themselves. In the Quilombos, historians believe that Capoeira began to develop, as a means of necessity to fight against oppressors, to raise the morale of the people and to sustain the culture independent of the colonial influences. Capoeira was practiced in secrecy in the Quilombos and re-taught to the slaves left on the plantations so that they too could escape. After hundreds of years of fighting it was on May 13, 1888 that Brazil finally abolished slavery. Brazil was the last nation in the Western world to abolish the institution of slavery. Newly emancipated slaves were uneducated and still not accepted amongst the working class of Brazil. They would join or form gangs searching for a means of survival; roaming the streets, keeping themselves busy with Capoeira and criminal activity. Because of this, Capoeira was banned in Brazil in1892. Capoeiristas, in order to sustain this art continued their practice in a more underground fashion. They would also disguise their identities by giving themselves apiledos (Capoeria nicknames) so that they wouldn’t be as easily recognizable by the police. It wasn’t until 1937 when the work of Mestre Bimba and his Capoeira school attracted the eyes of the president of Brazil, Getúlio Vargas. Capoeira’s banned had been lifted and has since been recognized as a national sport in Brazil. Mestre Pastinha also helped tremendously to preserve the original forms of Capoeira by opening his school the Centro Esportivo de Capoeira Angola in 1942. Mestre Pastinha and Mestre Bimba are seen as the fathers of Capoeira today.


Integral to the voice of Capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian music heard in class is the heart of positive energy received. The resonance of the berimbau, thump of the atabaque and the slap of the pandeiro create an environment that separate Capoeira from every other Martial Art.

Traditional Capoeira Instruments



A berimbau is a single stringed, gourd resonating mono chromatic instrument. A distant ancestor of the guitar, the berimbau consists of a bent wooden stick, a metal wire, and a dried and hollowed gourd. The wire, or arame is struck with wooden stick, vaquita, in coordination with a rock that is pressed against the arame to create different sounds. The berimbau rhythms control the type of games that are played in the Roda. History does not tell exactly when the berimbau was introduced in to Capoeira, but it is said, “There is no Capoeira without the berimbau”.



The atabaque is known to many as the congo drum. There are some similarities but the atabaque (shown to the left) is a percussion drum that is lined with animal skin. The main difference between an atabaque and a congo drum is the tuning hardware. A congo drum uses a metal tuning structure, where as an atabaque uses a combination of rope and wood wedges as its tuning mechanism. The atabaque is used to play many different rhythms in Capoeira and Brazilian culture.



The Pandeiro is known to many in the Western hemisphere as the tambourine. Although the structure of a tambourine is very similar to that of a pandeiro, pandeiros have tuning flexibility in addition to different metal jingles that create a more distinct sound.

Axé Capoeira

Grupo Axé Capoeira

The name of our Grupo is Axé (pronounced Ahh-Shay) Capoeira.

Grupo Axé Capoeira

The name of our Grupo is Axé (pronounced Ahh-Shay) Capoeira. Axé simply means positive energy that exists in the universe. It is a word that came from the Yoruba people from the region that we now know as Nigeria. Grupo Axé Capoeira is a world renowned group with representation in over 25 countries. Hosting and competing in international competitions and performing live shows, the group travels around the world and hosts events and workshops from world-renowned athletes.


To grow as martial artists in Capoeira in order to ensure its position amongst other respected forms so that we may share our culture with others. We strive to provide a place of growth, learning, and improvement for all ages regardless of experience.


Axé Capoeira is an organization dedicated to the celebration of Brazilian culture in Atlanta through the practice of Capoeira and Brazilian dance as a means of developing self-expression and personal identity.


That Capoeira transcend the barriers of age, gender and ethnic background and create a strong sense of community in our students. That students develop discipline, self-confidence, and that Capoeira help to open their minds to another culture, giving them a deeper world-wide perspective.


Please note that by training at our academy you expressly agree to our Student Code of Conduct
  • Train with focus and intensity, while Respecting the integrity of others.
  • Wearing flexible workout clothing, or the group uniform is required for training.
  • Functional training attire must be worn under the uniform, training shorts and sport tops are
  • Students must arrive on time for class, and remain for the duration of class. (If you are going to be late, please call ahead to inform the instructor before class starts, and upon arriving, always ask permission to train before getting changed. If you are required to leave early, make arrangements with the instructor before class starts.)
  • All jewelry must be removed before class. No Exceptions.
  • Please do not chew gum during class.
  • Address the teacher and the other students by saying “Salve” upon entering and upon leaving
  • Each student must take it upon himself or herself to keep the academy clean at all times.
  • Monthly fees are due by the end of each month.

Mestre Barrão

Mestre Barrão

In 1990, Mestre Barrão was invited to demonstrate his art at the International Children’s Festivals .

Mestre Barrão

In 1990, Mestre Barrão was invited to demonstrate his art at the International Children’s Festivals throughout North America and eventually found himself in Canada at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. After spending 1991 teaching in Italy, Barrão decided to immigrate to Canada in 1992 and begin teaching here at various locations. He started The Annual International Capoeira Encounter and has renowned and respected Mestres from all over the world visit and share their skills. In 1996, he opened Canada’s first Academy of Capoeira.

Today, Mestre Barrão frequently receives invitations to conduct and teach Capoeira at international workshops. The mestres who assembled at the Melhores Do Seculo event in Curitiba Parana in 2000, recognized Mestre Barrão as one of the great capoeiristas of the century, due to his skill and contribution to Capoeira. Mestre Barrão and his Grupo Axé Capoeira have recorded six CD volumes of Capoeira music and one other, together with Mestre Burguês which continues to be tremendously popular throughout Brazil. They have also produced several VHS and DVD performance releases and the four Volume Instructional DVD compilation. Mestre Barrão now has schools in Canada, Brazil, the United States, Barbados, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, England, France, Kazakstan, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Russia, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey and Ukraine.

Grupo Axé Capoeira

Grupo Axé Capoeira began in Recife in 1982.

Today, as Canada’s first academy of Capoeira, the Group continues to rise as one of the world’s leading Capoeira organizations. Backed by worldwide releases of six albums of music on CD, several VHS and DVD performance releases and the four Volume Instructional DVD compilation, enrollment continues to steadily increase with over 8000 students from all over the world.

The Group continues to travel around the world and participate in competitions and has participated in the 2001 International Capoeira Competition in Argentina. Furthermore, Grupo Axé Capoeira is renowned as a traveling group which promotes the history, music, art, and culture of Brazil in interactive and educational demonstrations.

Group Philosophy

The philosophy of Grupo Axé is to respect the Mestres, the integrity of fellow Capoeiristas, and to preserve the roots and traditions of Capoeira while being at the forefront of the modern evolution of the art form. As a student of Capoeira, one should strive to be “complete”, that is to learn all aspects of the art-form: self-defense, art and culture. Capoeira is more than a simple activity, it is a way of life. Students should train with intensity in order to develop physical and mental well-being, and to demonstrate Capoeira as a strong and efficient art-form. Axé Capoeira also believes in the strengthening of the community and providing people in need with opportunities to improve their situation in life. The group has ongoing projects in many parts of Brazil providing training, facilities, uniforms, instruments, salaries and, most importantly for many, a chance to have a better life.



Branden Thorne “Feijoada” was born in Chicago, Illinois - 1989. Feijoada spent a lot of his childhood in church. There he developed a sense of community, a positive attitude, and a good moral character. Feijoada was first exposed to Capoeira through a friend who was teaching at a local University. Feijoada began training Capoeira in 2009 with a small group at Kennesaw State University. In 2010, Feijoada traveled to an Afro-Brazilian cultural showcase hosted by Axé Capoeira Arizona. There he met Capoeira Master, Mestre Barrão, President of Axé Capoeira worldwide. Feijoada became inspired by the teaching style of Mestre Barrão and decided to join the Axé Capoeira organization. Since 2012, Feijoada has been leading kids and adults classes for Axé Capoeira Atlanta.



Membership Dues



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Drop in

  • Kids $10/class
  • Adults$15/class
Discounts for siblings, families, military personnel and law enforcement
Payable by cash, credit card or check. Non-refundable, non-transferable.

Adults Capoeira

Beginner (no belts) — These classes require no previous experience. Covering martial-arts, dance, music, acrobatics, language, culture and more, these classes focus on developing coordination, strength, flexibility, endurance, rhythm and balance. The beginner (no belts) classes help you to establish a proper foundation so that you can get into Capoeira shape first and then learn all of the cool stuff later! Mixed Levels – Open to all levels, these classes are designed to introduce intermediate and advanced concepts to every student. These classes incorporate extensive partner work, sequences, and drills so that students develop a stronger game.


I have never done something like this, can I still participate?
    • Yes. You don’t have to already be flexible or in shape to do something like this. That’s our job. All you have to do is show up ready to have some fun learning something cool!
How much does this cost?
    • Please click “membership dues” under the classes tab for information.
What should I wear?
    • Wear comfortable pants(no jeans or shorts please) and a t-shirt/top.
What should I bring?
    • A towel, a bottle of water and I.D.
Do I need a partner?
  • Although not required, we recommend doing so since you will have even more fun sharing the experience with a friend.

Kids Capoeira

Capoeira is important for children so that they learn cool things about history and become well learned in different cultures. Physically, Capoeira helps children develop balance, motor coordination, speed and strength. It also helps to prepare each child for the life challenges they haven’t quite learned yet. Capoeira has a positive influence on not just the children but on the entire family.

Capoeira encourages discipline, helps to teach and instill the value of loyalty, responsibility and self- confidence. In this way it helps in the positive formation of those who participate and become involved in the practice of Capoeira Involvement with Capoeira awakens the musical, physical, artistic and creative sides of the children who practice this art form. Capoeira is an excellent way for children to develop strength of mind and body. In addition to the benefits above, Capoeira helps to build a strong and positive character and personality through self expression in a fun and playful environment.

Axé Capoeira Atlanta has been working with Children in Atlanta since 2011. Since then our group has introduced over 1000 children to Capoeira via shows, demonstrations, and cultural performances in Atlanta.

Kids Ages 4-6 - At this age they’re learning what it means to be active, how to move and how to play with others. We focus on making sure your child is developing all of his or her little muscle in a safe and family-friendly environment. Covering all the bases includes competency in motor skills and movement patterns, personal and social behavior control and enhanced cognitive development. Strategies as they relate to physiological development include the Portuguese language, musical theory and rhythm via Afro-Brazilian percussion.

Kids Ages 7-12 — We place a heavy emphasis on developing leaderships skills for this age group as they will be going into middle school and high school soon! For this age group we focus on self- defense and self-restraint, obtaining enhanced levels of physical fitness, weight management and healthy eating habits as well. Students should improve flexibility and coordination and be introduced to basic tumbling and acrobatic techniques. Benefits include: Self-expression and social interaction, self-awareness, development of intuition and conflict resolution.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
11:00am  Dance Class
1:00pm ****  ****
2:00pm Private Private
3:00pm Classes Classes
4:00pm  Available  Available
5:30pm Kids 3yrs-4yrs  *** Kids 3yrs-4yrs Kids 3yrs-4yrs Kids 3yrs-4yrs ****  ****
6:00pm Kids 7yrs-12yrs  ****  Kids 7yrs-12yrs  Kids 5yrs-6yrs  Kids 7yrs-12yrs
7:00pm Kids 5yrs-6yrs *****  Kids 5yrs-6yrs  Kids 7yrs-12yrs Kids 5yrs-6yrs
8:00pm Mixed Levels(Beginners Welcome) Dance Class Mixed Levels(Beginners Welcome)  Beginners Mixed Levels(Beginners Welcome)


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Axé Capoeira Atlanta’s performance team offers Capoeira, Folkloric Dance, and Brazilian Percussion. If you are interested in having a Capoeira demonstration or performance for your event…
give us a call!

Our Clients

Amana Academy Demo
Alpharetta, GA

Alpharetta Elementary Demo
Alpharetta, GA

Bright Horizons Preschool
Atlanta, GA

Dunwoody Springs Elementary Demo
Dunwoody, GA

Goat Farm Art Show
Atlanta, GA

Goombay Fest
East Point, GA

Hilton Hotels
Hilton Head, S.C.

Johns Creek Elementary Demo
Alpharetta, GA

Kennesaw State University Demo
Kennesaw, GA

Manning Oaks Elementary Demo
Alpharetta, GA

Northview High School Demo
Johns Creek, GA

UTCG Multi-Cultural Festival
Chattanooga, TN





Mark your calendars! September 25-28, Contra Mestre Barrãozinho will be teaching a 4-day Capoeira Workshop intensive for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level practitioners!



Mark your calendars! September 25-28, Contra Mestre Barrãozinho will be teaching a 4-day Capoeira Workshop intensive for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level practitioners!



Mark your calendars! September 25-28, Contra Mestre Barrãozinho will be teaching a 4-day Capoeira Workshop intensive for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level practitioners!



Mark your calendars! September 25-28, Contra Mestre Barrãozinho will be teaching a 4-day Capoeira Workshop intensive for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level practitioners!

More Event

*Itinerary (tentative):

  • Sept 25 – Thursday Jeanne’s Body Tech Capoeira Workshop 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Sept 26 – Friday Georgia Perimeter College (Dunwoody Campus) Capoeira Workshop 11am-4pm Downtown Atlanta Street Roda 7:00pm-8:00pm
  • 27 – Saturday Jeanne’s Body Tech Capoeira Workshop 10am-2pm Downtown Atlanta Street Roda 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • Sept 28 – Sunday Play Hard Gym Acrobatics Workshop 11am-1pm



Mestre Barrão is one of the leading Capoeira masters in the world today, distinguished not only by his capoeira teaching but also his music and performances. Visit Mestre Barrão’s Music Store online to hear many of his great songs.

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