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Capoeira Vira Lata

Classes are taught by Contramestre Vira Lata, and senior students.


We welcome anyone who wants to learn, train and play! 


We're committed to building a strong community of capoeiristas as martial artists, musicians, and friends.

Our 2024 Capoeira Encounter is Feb 2nd and 3rd!

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Friday 2/2, 6-9pm Roda, Dinner and Bate-Papo

Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.

Saturday 2/3, Noon-6pm Classes and Roda

Breath Building- 2305 SE 50th Ave, Portland, OR 97215. 

Registration and payment instructions here:

Submit Advance Questions for the Bate-Papo here

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What is Capoeira?

A Celebrated Afro-Brazilian Martial Art

Capoeira is a Brazilian art form which has elements of a fight and a dance, and a complex philosophy of respect, challenge, and resiliency. Capoeira is music and movement. It is a fight built on a foundation of ritual. It is movement conversation between players in which every game is unique. Capoeira é tudo que a boca come. Each game is based on the player's abilities and mood, the music, and the energy of the roda. Exchanges of kicks, headbutts, strikes, takedowns, and acrobatics can each be very real, or very playful.


While Capoeira's origins and early history are not exact, enslaved African in Brazil created and nurtured the art as a form of self-defense and resistance. Capoeira has evolved throughout its history, and today many lineages of Mestres teach capoeira around the world.

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Open Trainings

Monday & Thursday Evenings
7:00-8:30 pm 
Breath Building, 2305 SE 50th Ave, Portland, OR 97215

Quarter long sessions, punch-cards, or drop-ins available.
Sign up at Breathe Building website, or in person.​

Each class will consist of warm ups & stretching, capoeira movements, and music. The best way to learn capoeira is to do it! Many movements require strength, body awareness, timing, flexibility, and balance that are not easy to master right away. The movements and music of Capoeira do not come naturally to everyone, but the energy of capoeira will win you over!

What to Wear

 Wear clothing you're comfortable moving around in! We suggest pants and a shirt you can tuck in. We will be moving on the floor as well as going upside down. Shoes are optional but please make sure they will not scuff the floor.


Payment can be made before class at the front desk. We accept cash, check and can easily run your card. Sign up and pay at Breathe!

Drop-in :  $20 / Class

Punch-Card (QTY): $18 / Class

12 Week Session, 1 class per week: $16 / Class

12 Week Session, 2 classes per week: $14 / Class

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                                      "Vem jogar mais eu,
                          vem jogar mais eu mano meu"

Come play with me, come play with me my brother


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