Capoeira classes offered

Simao — a.k.a. Arturo Diaz — of Axé Capoeira will give adult intro and intermediate classes every Tuesday and Thursday at the Comox Community Centre and various outdoor locations.


Simao is motivated to get his summer adult classes underway.

Simao is a native of Mexico and has trained in martial arts for 20 years.

After seeing Capoeira in the movie Only the Strong, he was inspired to take it upon himself to learn the artform with his brothers on the street.

Later, he moved to Guadalajara to train with instructors of Capoeira and then joined the Grupo Axé Capoeira.  He continues his training with Grupo Axé here in the Comox Valley.

His classes draw from a lifetime of martial arts, including Mai Thai, Juijitsu, Karate, Lucha Libre and Capoeira styles.

There are now more than 35 children practising the artform seriously in the Comox Valley. Axé Capoeira also has a strong group of adults training in the Comox Valley.

From basic kicks to balancing on one hand to singing and clapping at the same time are just a few challenges that Capoeira lends. It’s a great way to improve on your strength and balance through fun and challenging movements to music.

In July, a group of about 20 students from the Comox Valley will pack their bags and participate in an International Event and Batizado, where children and adults will participate in workshops and rodas and have the opportunity to play for their belts.

For more information, call 250-898-7918 or visit

— Axé Capoeira Comox Valley

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