Mother and daughter share delights of capoiera

Mila and Ines with the capoiera class
Mila and Ines with the capoiera class

A SHOREHAM Academy student has launched a Brazilian martial arts class with her mother.

Mila and Ines Machado are teaching capoeira to children in their new Saturday morning classes.

Ines, 16, said capoeira, which combines martial arts, dance, exercise and fun, had been part of her life since she was born.

“I come from a capoeira family, so it is ingrained,” she explained. “I train every day and absolutely love the interaction with lots of different people.

“There is also the option to travel and play capoiera with other groups, which is a lot of fun.

“I also love the fitness element and you learn how to defend yourself, so you are more confident. The instruments and the music also really make the sessions come to life.”

She and her mother are offering sessions for children at Emmanuel Church, in Heene Road, Worthing, at 10.30am on Saturdays.

Capoeira uses power, speed, and leverage to create a wide range of quick and complex moves.

Originally used in the 18th century as self defence, it is now played as a non-contact game with demonstrations of acrobatics, full cartwheels and flips.

Mila has lived in Worthing for just over a year, after moving from Portugal, where her husband runs a capoeira school with more than 300 pupils, some of which are disabled.

She said: “Capoeira is an exercise which can be used to give strength, coordination and flexibility as well as building confidence. That is very important and helps children to develop in every way.”

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