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At TIK we believe that children’s education should prepare them to successfully create their own path in life, rather than following the paths of those before them. This is why we adopt a “whole-child” educational approach that aims at creating morally and socially upright creative global leaders, to carry on the hope and vision we all have for a brighter tomorrow.→ Contact Us
An Interview with TIK’s Capoeira Master
At TIK we are committed to a “whole-child“ developmental approach. We truly believe in the importance of developing children not only academically, but also morally, socially, physically, and creatively. That means that as an organization we are constantly seeking out new and inventive ways to provide our children with well-rounded developmental activities. One of those unique activities that we have elected to integrate into our school curriculum is Capoeira. Capoeira is a Brazillian form of martial arts that combines music, signing, the playing of instruments, as well as rhythmic dancing. It is a fantastic and fun way to help children develop along several developmental areas. Today I sat down with TIK's Capoeira Master Mr. Danny Skerritt to gain a greater insight into the art of Capoeira. The following is the contents of our interview:
Dr. Allen: What exactly is Capoeira?
Mr. Danny: Capoeira is a Brazilian art that combines martial arts, music and dance, created by slaves to disguise their training as harmless dancing from the slave masters. The main Jogo (game) is played in the centre of a Roda (circle). Two players play and the rest of the participants stand on the outside of the circle singing songs and observing the game. The jogo in the centre of the circle is a conversation between two players that can take on many forms, be it fast and acrobatic, or slow and controlled. Each game is different and personal to the two playing at the time.
Dr. Allen: What are the benefits of Capoeira for children?
Mr. Danny: There are many benefits of training Capoeira for children and adults. One of the main benefits are the health benefits. Capoeira is very active and often acrobatic, meaning you have to be physically fit to be able to play. Training Capoeira regularly is a great way to get and stay in shape. I think the area that Capoeira really benefits children is that it teaches discipline and also introduces students to a new culture so different from their own. On top of all this, students learn about music and rhythm and gain experience in a new language, as all songs are in Portuguese.
Dr. Allen: What made you interested in training in Capoeira?
Mr. Danny: I was first introduced to Capoeira by a good friend in my first year of university. We used to practice juggling together and he would often do Capoeira with one of his friends during our shows. I was so amazed by the art that I started training with him straight away. It wasn’t until I left university that I started training under a Capoeira instructor.
Everything about the art amazes me… the music, the movements and the philosophies; it’s so much more than just another martial art. For most people who practice it, it becomes a way of life.
Dr. Allen: What are your goals for TIK’s Capoeira program?
Mr. Danny: My main goal is to share the beauty and freedom of expression that Capoeira allows. Unlike other martial arts, there are no set movements. Everything is improvised from a foundation of kicks and maneuvers, thus allowing much more freedom in movement in how each person plays Capoeira.
I also hope to teach the students about a new culture and way of life by talking about the history of Capoeira. The music, the language, the moments, the songs, and the dances; all will help to achieve the holistic development that is so important to us here at TIK. I am truly looking forward to making Capoeira a part of our children’s lives at TIK.
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