Capoeira: a fight , a dance , a lifestyle.

Capoeira, in simple terms, is an Afro-Brazilian art, richin tradition and history. It is said that Capoeira is “ a fight that is a dance and a dance that is a fight.”  This Brazilian Martial Art incorporates dodges, kicks, and takedowns combined with acrobatics and dancelike movements. Students of any age, sizes and ability level are welcome. This discipline is for anyone interested in gaining physical and mental strength, flexibility and confidence, while encouraged and supported by a tight-nit community of Sul da Bahia Capoeiristas. Daniel Yoshimi, also known as Professor Chin in the Capoeira world, was born in Santos, Brazil. He began his training in Capoeira with Sul da Bahia under the direction of Contra Mestre Eros in 1995. Professor Chin has a natural gift as a teacher and mentor to kids and adult students alike. Chin's dedication to the community of Santa Barbara is outstanding---for over 10 years he has created programs geared to support 'at risk' kids, low-income families, and has volunteered countless hours for local charities and various non-profit groups. Chin's love of Capoeira can be seen in all that he does. His classes are playful, physically challenging and dynamic, while maintaining the rich traditions of  Capoeira.