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ABADA Capoeira Workshops (October 7th)


Youth & teens
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Raycam Cooperative Centre

920 E Hastings Street

Vancouver, BC

Directions: The workshops are taking place at Raycam Co-operative Centre, 920 East Hastings Street, Vancouver BC. As this is a Culture Days Event, we urge you to arrive 1/2 hour before start time and there will be signage and volunteers directing you to the Gymnasium for the workshops.



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that encompasses fight, movement, acrobatics, music, and other art forms. It was developed by African slaves who were brought to Brazil in the 16th century. Capoeira enabled slaves to preserve their cultural practices while practicing to resist and protect themselves from their captors.

After the abolition of slavery in 1888, capoeira was outlawed in Brazil. However, in the early 20th century two figures emerged in Salvador, in the state of Bahia, who changed the perception of capoeira. One was Mestre Bimba, who created the more combat-oriented Capoeira Regional and opened the first capoeira academy. The other was Mestre Pastinha, who professionalized traditional capoeira, now commonly referred to as Capoeira Angola. Capoeira was decriminalized later in the 20th century and became a national sport.

Today, capoeira is practiced around the world. Our school, ABADÁ-Capoeira, is represented in over 60 countries worldwide. Capoeira is not just a martial art but also a vehicle for exporting Brazilian culture around the world. Capoeiristas not only learn the physical movements of capoeira, but also its music, language, culture, and history.

Come join our introduction workshop for Youth 8 - 17 years old. We will guide you through warm-up exercises, movement and music of Capoeira.



ABADÁ Capoeira East Vancouver - Raycam Cooperative Centre


We are a community organization that aims to preserve, share and develop the art of capoeira among diverse individuals, families, and communities.


RayCam Co-operative Centre is a neighborhood facility on East Hastings St near Clark Drive. We have recreation and social activities for all ages and support services for individuals and families.

We offer out-of-school, preschool, and daycare programs for children, as well as a fitness centre, gym, drop-in lounge, games room, media lab, and multipurpose rooms. Outside, there are basketball and sport courts.

Membership is free to neighbours who live in the area. As a member, you can participate in RayCam programs.

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