The adults and kids classes are focused on gaining strength, agility and total body control through learning the Martial Art of Capoeira. This martial art incorporates elements of self defence, acrobatics music and dance. New students can expect to learn and practice basic movements such as the “ginga” as well as other simple moves to develop a base before moving on to more complex ones. On top of physical training, students learn how to speak and sing songs in Portuguese and play tradition Capoeira instruments such as the Berimbau, Pandeiro and Atabaque. All levels are welcome.
Kids Class 6+
Adults class 14+


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About the instructor

Mike "Pulga" Soltysiak has been training Capoeira since 2003. He has travelled across the U.S, Canada and Brazil to compete and participate in many Capoeira workshops led by well-known Mestres and Professors. In 2013, Pulga participated in Axe Capoeira's 30-Year Anniversary Capoeira Competition where he places in 2nd place for the Advanced-level category and received his "Corda Marrom-Verde". Besides his training in Capoeira, he is a certified personal trainer, studied at York University Kinesiology program and has several years of experience in other martial art disciplines such as MMA and Kyokushin Karate. Mike has been running Axe Martial Arts and Fitness for over 6 years and is always looking for new and innovative ways to challenge his students to make them better. Come by and try out one of Mike's Capoeira classes today!


First class is free. Drop-in fee are $20. Monthly rates range from $93-$124+HST.

Brief history of Capoeira

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art developed in the 1500's by African and Indigenous slaves in Brazil as a form of self-defence from their oppressors. It is marked by its agile and tricky movement that may be executed anywhere from an upside-down position, to a gravity defying kick. It has a strong acrobatic component in some styles and is always played with music. The word Capoeira can have many meanings. It is believed to be linked to the tall grass, capoeira, in forests where the slaves would hide and attack their slave masters when they escaped. The term is also believed to be linked with a breed of fighting rooster. Many believe that Break dancing originated from Capoeira. In the 1970's, many Brazilians immigrated to the US, mostly New York, where they would practice Capoeira in the streets and it was able to influence this new dance form. There are two main styles of Capoeira, along with many other less distinct ones. One is called Angola, which is characterized by tricky, low play with particular attention to the rituals and tradition of Capoeira. This style is often described as slow, however, may be just as fast as the next style, but with different rituals. The other style is Regional, known for its fluid acrobatic, high-flying kicks and powerful attacks. Speed and agility are common traits of this style. Both styles of Capoeira are marked by counter-attacks and feints, and use lots of ground movements along with elbows, hands, kicks, head butts, sweep and other take-downs.