Under the direction of Mestre Galo – who is one of few non-Brazilian capoeira mestres (masters) in the world – Canto do Galo (“The Rooster’s Crow”) has been sharing the rich traditions of Capoeira throughout the Front Range since the mid-90′s. Denver- /Boulder-based, Canto do Galo is proud to be a member of the United Capoeira Association. The UCA is a diverse family of Capoeira schools in the United States and Brazil, operating under the guidance of world-renowned capoeira pioneer and living legend, Mestre Acordeon.
Capoeira is played in a roda (circle) of people that includes several members playing various percussion instruments. Driven by soulful songs and rhythms of diverse intensity, two capoeiristas at a time engage in a spirited dialogue of body and wit. Nonstop attacks, defenses, counterattacks, and transitions suggest a fight while the mood is generally playful. The strategies rely on timing and trickery as much as agility, speed and strength. Ritualized aspects of the art and personal expression also add to the ongoing pulse of the roda.
Beyond being a “martial art”, Capoeira is an art of Life.