Capoeira Besouro Oregon
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Capoeira Besouro Oregon
A Brazilian martial art studio in the heart of Portland

Capoeira: The most joyful martial art


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Kids’ Batizado

Saturday, October 26th 2pm

  • Thank you Mestre Batata for teaching a fantastic Traditions of Capoeira Camp last week! Check out our photo gallery. We will notify you of our expanded fall schedule as soon as we have it hammered out.

  • We are adding back the Thursday 4:30-5:30pm Kids’ Capoera ages 9-12 starting August 29

School Breaks

  • 2019 Winter: December 23rd - January 5th

  • 2020 Spring: March 23rd - 29th

  • 2020 Summer: June 8th - 14th

Capoeira Besouro Batizado 2018 (PDX)

Capoeira Besouro Batizado 2018 (PDX)

Sister school: Capoeira Besouro Hawaii

Sister school: Capoeira Besouro Hawaii

Sister school Capoeira Besouro Los Angeles Batizado 2012

Sister school Capoeira Besouro Los Angeles Batizado 2012

Uniform: A Capoeira Besouro t-shirt ($20 kids / $25 adults) is required after your first 4 weeks of class.  


Claudette: Joey and Kate are both wonderful teachers and my girls love taking Capoeira from them. I can't keep them away.

Anon: Capoeira Besouro is a great class that helped me learn the arts of Capoeira with ease. Joey is an awesome teacher who makes it easy to learn new kicks and tricks. I am twelve years old and have been taking this class for nearly a year now and I really love it.

Diego: I have been training Capoeira with Joey for about a year now. I came to his academy with several years under my belt and I have found an opportunity to grown my game from a brand new perspective. Joey has been a great teacher due to his ability to intimately understand human movement and dynamic power transfer. As I have gotten better, Joey has been able to pinpoint areas of weakness in my game and has provided insight on how to overcome those obstacles. If you are looking for someone with a wide variety of martial arts experience and a broad vocabulary of movement, I encourage you to check Joey out.

Top 10 Health Benefits of Capoeira

  1. Stress Relief: Hear the bright afro-brazilian music and engage in blood pumping cooperative exercize!  There are few better ways to release those feel-good endorphins.

  2. Cardio: Capoeira uses the entire body in dynamic, stabalizing and explosive movements.  It wind even seasoned athletes! Guru Dan Inosanto tells his workshop attendees that he no longer runs much- he does capoeira instead! (Guru Dan learned capoeira from Professor Santo and Mestre Batata) 

  3. Strength: The dynamic, stabilizing and explosive movements that define capoeira occur standing upright, with 4 points of contact on the ground, in inversions like handstands and moving through these positions! Capoeira builds the small stabalizing muscles around the knees, core and other joints as well as the larger muscle groups like glutes, quads, paraspinals, abdominals and triceps.

  4. Flexibility: Capoeira strengthens your body in a thorough manner. It trains expansive sweeping kicks, flexible ground evasions and can generate power through phenomenal centripetal force.   This open new ranges of movement in your hips, spine and shoulders.

  5. Metabolism: The constantly moving stance and the nature of the art burns phenomenal amounts of calories.  Regular practice of capoeira improves your metabolism and 

  6. Local Community: Capoeira is the friendliest martial art on the planet.  It is warm like it's country of origin, Brazil.  By joining a capoeira group you become a member of a family. Capoeira events are attended by people from your city, far away states and even other countries. 

  7. Live Authentically: Capoeira games challenge your stamina, strategy and emotions. The deeper into the game you go, the more you learn about yourself.  These skills give you confidence and are easily applied in your day to day life.

  8. Music: No matter how poor your sense of pitch or rhythm is, your contribution to the music is valued.  Everyone learns the Portuguese call and response songs and eventually develops skill on the pandeiro, atabaque, and berimbau.

  9. Culture: Capoeira's familial structure is firmly rooted in its origin cultures of Africa and Brazil.  There is no cookie cutter dojo in capoeira.  Familial lines and and social support drive relationships between capoeira schools and much cross pollination occurs. Martial art, music, Portuguese language, food and celebration are all part of capoeira.

  10. Global Community:  With your capoeira skills you can attend classes in any country in the world and forge friendships despite language barriers.  It's truly rewarding and a great way to anchor your travels.


Visit to see the other martial arts offered at Flying Tortoise Academy: BaGua, XingYi, PaoChui, DaBeiChuan and Subak