Omulu Capoeira Guanabara
Our student organization is a collection of students from diverse backgrounds that learn and practice the Afro-Brazilian art of Capoeira. Capoeira is an art that combines martial arts, dance, and culture, and provides an environment for people to develop themselves physically as well as mentally and emotionally.
Omulu Capoeira Guanabara is an international partnership that has two headquarters. One is based in the United States, in directed by world-renowned Mestre Preguiça, a student of the famed Mestre Bimba. The other headquarters is based in Sweden, led by Mestre Di Mola. The two function as one, and provide one of the world's largest networks of affiliated capoeira academies, with branches in Brazil, the U.S., Canada, Sweden, Venezuela, Mexico, and Japan.
Many new students often want to know what to expect during their first class. Our classes our geared towards students of all training and fitness levels, as well as to individuals of all different body types, age, and sex. We strive to create an all-inclusive atmosphere where each student can both contribute to the group and benefit from it. Many capoeira alumni describe how their experience in class betters them physically, emotionally, and mentally.
A typical class will begin with a warm-up, a series of stretches that include important postures in capoeira, practice with capoeira movements, and finally class will generally end with a roda (pronounced ho-da). In the roda, students will use to movements practiced early in class to play the game of capoeira with a partner. We also play instruments and sing songs traditional to capoeira during this part of the class. For capoeira class, it is best to wear loose-fitting clothing such as a t-shirt and sweatpants or yoga pants. Students will go barefoot in class. Uniforms are available for purchase, but new students are encouraged to come in their own work-out clothes during their first few classes.
James Vu throughout his life has practiced a wide variety of martial arts from around the world. At the age of 4, He began his training in Tae Kwon Do with at his father's school, Master Vu’s Tae Kwon Do Academy. At 12 he began teaching classes. He is currently ranked as a 4-dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a black belt in Hapkido. At the age of 18 James moved to Madison, WI and began learning the Aftro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira, which he now teaches in Minneapolis under the guidance of world reknowned capoeira master, Mestre Preguica. He works closely with community youth groups and the University of Minnesota teaching capoeira and spreading its positive, community-based nature. He has also cross-trained in kickboxing and Hapkido, a form of Korean self defense. With over 20 years combined involvement in various martial arts, James has competed in dozens of tournaments throughout his career and achieved a Junior Olympic National Championship. In regard to Capoeira, as mentioned previously, James Vu has been teaching capoeira in the Twin Cities for the past two years and has been practicing the martial art under the guidance of Mestre Preguica and Mestre Di Mola for 7 years. He teaches two community classes for teens and other members of the community, teaches for volunteer youth programs in St. Paul and also teaches the Capoeira Club for the University of Minnesota.
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