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There are hundreds of capoeira groups in the world. However, finding a group near you can sometimes be difficult.
Keep in mind that some groups are more well known than others, some are bigger than others, and some are more respected than others. Not all of them get along, and there is no central authority among them. Each of these factors can make it challenging to find a group to train with.
Though, if you live in a highly populated area, it’s quite possible that you may even have more than one group to choose from. If that’s the case, you should try them all out and decide which one is best for you. If you’re a capoeira newbie, you don’t really know if you are better suited for regional than angola, or if you like the style of teaching at one place and not another.
Where can you go to find out if there is capoeira near you?
- The Capoeira List – A list of capoeira groups in the “English speaking world.” There is a lot of information, but some of it may not be up to date.
- Capoeirista.com Schools – This is for the international among you. A list of capoeira schools around the world.
- Capoeira.com Forum – This is a forum about capoeira schools. Browse through it to find out about schools in your area, or start a thread and ask if anyone knows about any groups near you.
- Yellow Pages – Not a very extensive resource, but it might help if you’re lucky.
- Colleges – As capoeira becomes more popular, it’s starting to make its way onto more and more college campuses. Some college clubs may even be affiliated with larger groups, so it can’t hurt to look into colleges in your area.
If all else fails, you can always go to Brazil and ask around down there.
This is part of my guide beginner’s guide to capoeira. If you like what you read here, head over to Capoeira For Beginners for the entire series!
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