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1 Week Capoeira Training in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Capoeira Summer Camp in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Join Senzala Group in their Capoeira me Leva summer camp where you will enjoy great trips to amazing destinations such as Rio de Janeiro. Inspired by the idea that every destination is made unique by how you get to know it and who you meet along the way, Capoeira me Leva summer camp will connect you with local capoeiristas and will give you a unique perspective into your holiday. During your camp, you will receive training in Capoeira and music which are designed specifically for your level and take part in tours that are created by the people who live locally.


  • Training sessions in Capoeira
  • At least 1 private training session
  • Tours and activities to explore Rio de Janeiro
  • All transport to and from camp included
  • Daily breakfast provided
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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During the camp, you will stay at a toca de santa - a bed and breakfast owned by Mestre Pedro himself, who will be your host during your stay. Located in the heart of Santa Teresa, a toca de santa is a small and cosy family-run hostel that offers an unique and authentic experience in a friendly environment. It has two rooms. One has three bunks and accommodates 6, while the other has 2 bunk beds for 4 people. There is a common area where you can hang out with other campers and an extra shared bathroom. The hostel is brand new with stunning views of Santa Teresa.


Capoeira Me Leva Rio takes you to spend a week in one of the most stunning cities in the world. Training with a great selection of Capoeira Mestres, you will focus in your Capoeira development while getting to know Rio as only a few do: the beaches, the mountains, the night life, and its clear disparities through the unique connection that Capoeira offers.

Music training is also included in the program to make sure you get a hold of one of most unique aspects of Capoeira. A private training session with Mestre Pedro will further guarantee you receive the personal attention you deserve.


Capoeira is a Brazilian art form that brings together elements of martial arts, acrobatics, dance, and music in a game. It is a by-product of a culture of resistance of an enslaved people in the past. It is an art form that, despite being illegal and prosecuted after abolition until well up to the middle of the twentieth century, with virtually no outside help, has not just spread through out Brazil but the entire world.

It has overcome the national prejudice that all non European folklore manifestations suffered in the past to become Brazil’s biggest cultural export with thousands of foreign students visiting the country every year in order to learn and improve their knowledge of the art. It’s taught in most learning centers in Brazil from universities to kindergartens.

It is used as a tool to rehabilitate and support poor kids in Rio de Janeiro, to heal children affected by war and conflict in the Middle East, and in social programs through out the world.

Capoeira has an undeniable link to Brazil and its history, starting from the colonization period when slavery was the backbone of the then colony’s economy, up to the present day. Capoeira’s history is full of mystery, myths, and legends. There is not a creator or an exact year when it started. This gives room for many theories about its beginning and claims about its true nature. This is reflected in the plurality of Capoeira we see today and even among the main recognized styles of Angola and Regional.

Attempts were made more recently to organize the art form through federations. Some of those tried to enforce regulations and create standards from the top downwards. But due to Capoeira’s intrinsic nature, all those who followed this path have not succeeded. Capoeiristas cannot even agree on where it comes from, although most concede that the Capoeira as we know today has a direct link to the area of the Recôncavo Baiano, the area around the shores of Baía de Todos os Santos (All Saints Bay) in Bahia, Brazil.

Other Capoeiras emerged in the states of Rio de Janeiro and Pernambuco but those did not survive as it was practiced as a rough street fight without the socio cultural aspect that the Capoeira of Bahia evolved to become. The diversity of Capoeira and its ability to transform and reinvent itself is what has kept it alive and free and also is what has allowed it to grow. Standards and regulations that go against this very nature of Capoeira are destined to be divisive and to failure.

Capoeira is a ritualistic game played in a circle of people, the Roda, where the berimbau (main instrument) leads the Capoeira orchestra and sets the pace of the game. The game is based on a unrehearsed combination of attack and defense movements spiced with acrobatic tricks where the aim is get the other either through kicks or sweeps or take downs.

The paradox of the game is that although it needs a certain cooperation of both players, it is also a dispute where both players transform their dialog of movements into something unique and new that neither is certain of its outcome every time they play. The game has no winners or losers. Songs tell stories, the chorus and rhythmic claps amplifies the hit from the music that engages all members together creating an amazing energy, the Axé, of the Roda.

Capoeira brings us back to our primitive origins long forgotten by our society where every single individual in the circle can equally influence the outcome and each other not with words but actions.

Senzala Group

It’s the passion for Capoeira uniqueness and all its transformation power that fuels Group Senzala to keep doing what it has done for the last fifty years: promote Capoeira and its research, enrich peoples life, respect its diversity, and to alleviate and fight against what essentially has made Capoeira come about: exploitation, exclusion, and slavery in all present day’s shapes and forms.

Included excursions

There are tours and other activities to get to know the exciting city of Rio de Janeiro - its beach, its night life, and its mountains, to get to know the locals and their culture. Please contact Senzala Group for inquiries about their specific included excursions.


Rio de Janeiro

Known to Brazilians as "Cidade Maravilhosa" (The Wonderful City), Rio de Janeiro is always brimming with color, sound, rhythm, and joy, which make it synonymous with Carnival, happiness, and beautiful people. Very few places in the world match the hospitality and natural charm in which Rio is perpetually swathed.

Squeezed into a narrow, astonishingly lovely zone between rainforest-clad cliffs and the sea, in what many have called the world's most beautiful city setting, Rio de Janeiro pulses like an artery. The famed emeralds, amethysts, and rubies of Rio shops are just the beginning; all the colors of the world are here.

The thousand shades of Amazon green, the deep black of a businessman's London-made suit, the lucid gold of afternoon sunlight, the gray of granite monoliths, the blue of a tropical sea, the hundred shades of tanned flesh. The primeval splendor of Rio's environs lends the city an eternal youth - the arrogant flamboyance that lets one dance too late and too seductively, talk to a stranger when you don't really speak the language, and wander the streets knowing you will end up somewhere exciting.

That somewhere is usually near the beach: Rio's 45 miles of white sand beach encompass neighborhoods familiar to the world over. Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon cuddle together like a clique of celebrities, each brilliantly different. Rio de Janeiro's diverse personalities often delight and astound, and never fail to fascinate, from the impeccable, beach-scarved Avenida Atlantica to the favelas which blanket the hillsides, to the cobblestone streets and artist-inhabited Victorian mansions of Santa Theresa. During the day, the beach-and-cafe culture nonchalantly transform the shoreline into the center of the city.

At night, the clubs, restaurants, and dance halls, called forros, dominate. Part of the nightlife's charm is its spontaneity. Be prepared to call ahead. Rio is indisputably a city with all the attendant traffic and bustle. But the life that inspires the Rio driver to make three lanes where there were only meant to be two also coaxes an impromptu samba from tired legs and drives that most renowned of all Rio events, Carnival. What color mother nature hasn't already supplied, the local Cariocas will invent. Nothing is spared for this festival of senses.



  • Art classes
  • Trekking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming nearby


  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Night club nearby
  • Restaurant nearby


  • ATM/banking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance


Breakfast will be provided daily at a Toca de Santa. However, other meals will be on your own. There are more than plenty of restaurants with authentic Brazilian cuisine or any other culinary type for any other taste in town, and the staff at a Toca de Santa knows best where to recommend.

Things to do (optional)

Go to the night clubs and experience the famed night life of Rio

Prainha tour - a tour to the most stunning beach in Rio

Relax on the beach

Sailing tour

Santa tour - a walking tour around the most chilled neighborhood in Rio

Take part in the Carnival, if you are there during the right time

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • At least 1 private training session
  • Breakfast
  • Daily training in Capoeira and music
  • Other tours and activities organized by Senzala Group
  • Transport to and from airport, and around Rio

What's not included

  • Airfare travel
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Rio de Janeiro Airport (GIG) and an airport pickup will be arranged for you.

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