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Capoeira is a different way of keeping fit

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Classes in a unique Brazilian martial art - Capoeira - are being offered in Wimbledon to give a different way of keeping fit in 2011.

Capoeira dates back 400 years during times of oppression and slavery when rival tribes began teaching each other their religion, dance, rituals and games. The slaves developed a fighting system with fast and tricky moves to help them beat potential captors.

This was the birth of Capoeira, which blends self-defence, acrobatics, music and dance.

In May, the Association of Capoeira celebrates 10 years in the UK, and will be offering six weeks of free classes to mark the landmark.

This special community project will start on Tuesday February 1, with classes at various venues in South London.

Beginniners classes for adults take place at 8pm on Monday nights at South Wimbledon Community Centre in Haydons Road. There are also classes for 5-11-year-olds at Colliers Wood Community Centre in Colliers Wood High Street on Thursdays at 5pm, as well as classes at other locations, including Tooting and Putney.

January 6, 2011