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What is Capoeira Angola? Capoeira Angola is an African-Brazilian art form with its roots in Bantu traditons, which were carried to Brazil by enslaved africans. The development of Capoeira into a "dance-fight" burgeoned in Brazil, out of the struggle for liberation by Africans, indigenous Brazilians and other marginalized peoples during the Portuguese colonization. Today, Capoeira Angola continues to be a social tool for resistance and empowerment, through the teaching of community building, social equality, and diaspora studies. The fundamental African traditions and philosophies contained within the teachings of Capoeira Angola, and even more specifically, within the roda, or circle, where Capoeira is played, can build self-esteem and self-awareness of both the mind and body. Through the dynamics of the roda, individuals can discover and maximize their potentials, using them to construct a foundation built upon patience, endurance and elegance.


ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL CAPOEIRA ANGOLA FOUNDATION (ICAF)


The International Capoeira Angola Foundation (ICAF) was founded in 1996, under the leadership of three mestres (masters), Mestre Cobra Mansa, Mestre Jurandir Nascimento and Mestre Valmir Damasceno, with a mission to maintain, promote and preserve the art and culture of Capoeira Angola. Dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of Capoeira Angola, the foundation established a documentation and audiovisual center that maintains an extensive archive research library pertaining to Capoeira Angola, and other related African diaspora studies. In addition, as part of its mission ICAF assists in the development of affiliate groups in Brazil and throughout the world.


ABOUT ICAF-CHICAGO


ICAF-Chicago was established in 1998 under the guidance and leadership of Contramestre Beto de Freitas . For over a decade, ICAF-Chicago has been active in the community, partnering with diverse organizations to help develop and sharpen both mental and physical awareness and potential of its participants. By 2002, we moved to our current home located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, establishing a community center called the Quilombo Cultural Center. This center is also home to the Juntong MooSool Hapkido school and the Brazilian percussion group, Bateria Quilombola.


DONATIONS

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The ICAF-Chicago chapter has been serving Chicagoland areas for over 10 years. We have a CPS vendor number, and are certified to work with Chicago Park Districts, Boys an Girls Clubs, Chicago City Colleges etc. For presentations, demos, and/or workshops, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


ICAF-CHICAGO MISSION


  • To train, preserve and disseminate Capoeira Angola according to the traditions of the ICAF lineage.
  • To provide a resource for members of under-served communities and neighborhoods in Chicago and the surrounding area.
  • To positively contribute to social transformation and progress.

OUR MESTRES

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Mestre Pastinha


ICAF-Chicago follows the lineage of Mestre Pastinha (1889-1981) who many consider as one of the most influentional "capoeiristas" of our time. He is remembered not only for his agility but also for his philosophy. He worked hard to change the negative stigma that capoeira once had.


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Among the many people who learned from Mestre Pastinha, two men were chosen by him to carry on his legacy: Mestre João Pequeno and Mestre João Grande. These two men became true ambassadors of Capoeira Angola. Mestre João Grande moved to the U.S. in 1990 and continues to spread his knowledge to students from all over the world that come to his school in New York City.


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Mestre João Grande


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Mestre Moraes


One of Mestre João Grande's earlier students, Mestre Moraes, who also attended Mestre Pastinha's school, went on to create one of the most respected and influential schools of Capoeira Angola. Some of Mestre Moraes's first generation of students went on to become masters themselves and who are now passing on the knowledge to a new generation.


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Mestre Cobra Mansa is one of the many talented students of Mestre Moraes that went on to form his own group. Mestre Cobra Mansa co-founded the ICAF while living in the U.S. in the 1990's. Today he's one of the foremost masters of Capoeira Angola and a leading researcher on the history/origins of capoeira and the berimbau.


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Mestre Cobra Mansa


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Contramestre Beto


One of the very few to receive the title of Contramestre from Mestre Cobra Mansa, Beto first learned capoeira from Mestre Marrom in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1990's. Upon moving to the U.S. in 1994 he met Mestre Cobra Mansa and became fascinated by his capoeira. This fascination led to Contramestre Beto's decision to become a student under Mestre Cobra Mansa. Beto has since been a part of the ICAF family and has learned a great deal, not only from Mestre Cobra Mansa but also from Mestre Valmir, Mestre Jurandir and many others that have crossed path's with him.


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Huu Nguyen is a member and instructor of the International Capoeira Angola Foundation- Chicago chapter (ICAF-Chicago), as well as the co-founder of the children's capoeira program. In 2002, Huu began studying Capoeira Angola in Chicago with Contramestre Beto Defreitas. She has since been involved in numerous national and international conferences, as a participant, organizer and as an instructor. In 2013 she was recognized as a Treinel in Capoeira Angola by the ICAF masters. Her PhD in Medical Ethnobotany gives her insight into the cultural adaptations required for wellness-related programming in urban environments. 


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Treinel Huu


CLASSES

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

MONDAYWEDNESDAYFRIDAYSATURDAY
    8:15-9:30am
BEGINNERS
 
      3:15-4:45pm
BEGINNERS
      4:15-6:15pm
MIXED LEVEL
7-8:30pm
BEGINNERS
7-9pm
MIXED LEVEL
   

New Students / Beginners: For first timers and those with less than 3 months of training in capoeira angola. This class will introduce basic movements, music and history as well as our philosophy and teaching method. New students MUST SIGN UP IN THE FIRST WEEK OF THE MONTH. New students MUST WEAR COMFORTABLE PANTS, A T-SHIRT AND FLAT SHOES. NO TANK TOPS, NO TIGHTS AND NO BAREFOOT.

Mixed Level: For students with 3 or more consecutive months of training in capoeira angola.

Rodas: Open to all. Every first and third Saturday of the month from 4:15 to 6:15pm otherwise posted (call to confirm).



INVESTMENT

BEGINNERS $75/month (first 3 consecutive months)
MIXED LEVEL $90/month (unlimited classes)
Full time students with ID / Youth $60/month
Rodas Free (otherwise posted)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I pay? We accept cash and checks payable to ICAF Chicago.

  • What do I wear? Comfortable PANTS (not thights), SHOES and a T-shirt (no tank tops) that can be tucked in. (Note: please bring an extra pair of dry shoes to train in during winter).

  • Do you have classes for kids older than 12 years old? Unless your child would feel more comfortable in the kids classes, older children can take the introductory session with the adults.

  • What should the kids wear? Comfortable pants, a shirt that can be tucked in, and comfortable SHOES that have a back to them.

  • What if I have previous experience in capoeira? We still ask you to first go through the introductory session so you can understand our philosophy and method of teaching capoeira angola.

 

CONTACT US

Quilombo Cultural Center

1757 N.Kimball Ave. Chicago, IL 60647.

773.227.8879

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DONATIONS

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Therefore, all donations are tax-deductible. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the Donate button if you would like to make a donation.

WE WANT TO WORK WITH YOU!

The ICAF-Chicago chapter has been serving Chicagoland areas for over 10 years. We have a CPS vendor number, and are certified to work with Chicago Park Districts, Boys an Girls Clubs, Chicago City Colleges etc. For presentations, demos, and/or workshops, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.