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Feature: AU Capoeira, at The Brunswick Center

A place that combines both dance classes and exercise programs with music and martial arts:


AU Capoeira



At a health and wellness haven like the Brunswick Center, it’s not hard to find dance classes or exercise programs, but a place that combines both with music and martial arts? That’s a rare and precious gift.
 
Arts United Capoeira, or AU Capoeira, has been bringing the beauty of this Brazilian martial art to Jersey City since 2002, when it was founded by Mestre Glauber. With speed, power, agility and grace, Mestre Glauber taught his students the art’s trademark kicks,  spins and other highly complex moves.
 
The group was most recently based at the legendary Jersey City arts institution 58 Coles before the building’s sale, but is now happy to call the Brunswick Center home.
 
Since Mestre Glaubers’s return to his native Brazil in 2010, the group has been run by Regina Cassorla, Elaine Ocson, Alex Tyshkov and Randy Brathwaite — known in the capoeira realm as Tropicana, So Riso, Bombriol and Chapa, respectively.
 
“We have this great energy together and we are truly blessed,” said Regina. “As capoeira has changed me and my partners’ lives, we believe it will change the life of anyone that practices capoeira.
 

“Capoeira has something in it for people of all ages and abilities. It helps with personal development, allows self-expression in an open and responsive environment and is lots of fun!” she added. “Capoeira is life, is energy, is happiness, and is community!”
 
Those who are curious can take a free first trial class, she says, before deciding whether or not to join the school. The group offers classes every day of the week except Friday and Sunday, and allows students to pay per class or per month, or to book private lessons. Kids and adults who master the discipline can then graduate from the school during one of two yearly ceremonies.

“Capoeira has something in it for people of all ages and abilities. It helps with personal development, allows self-expression in an open and responsive environment and is lots of fun!”

The students also travel together every summer to visit Mestre Glauber near the pristine beaches of Ubatuba, Brazil.
 
“It’s oriented for students and their families to come join us for a celebration,” Regina explained. “We stay in a bed and breakfast, we practice capoeira, and we have lots of free time to visit other places, rest by the beach and meet people. It’s so much fun!
 
“Things like this are what set our business apart — we are a family, and we have fun together…The daily stress fades away once you enter the classroom. You submerge yourself in learning capoeira, its music and song, and you meet amazing new people from all types of backgrounds.”


“Things like this are what set our business apart — we are a family, and we have fun together…The daily stress fades away once you enter the classroom. You submerge yourself in learning capoeira, its music and song, and you meet amazing new people from all types of backgrounds.”



“Capoeira is life, is energy, is happiness, and is community!”





For more information, visit AU Capoeira.