Capoeira Banzo de Senzala


Welcome to the academy of Capoeira  Banzo de Senzala Atenas – Monitor Giorgos – Capoeira School of Athens – branch: Monastiraki – Marousi.

Capoeira is a unique artform combining elements of martial arts, dance, acrobatics and music.

The Group as an official extension of Banzo de Senzala (Barcelona), is devoted to the growth of capoeira in Athens, preserving all the origins and traditions of this art form.The Association Banzo de Senzala is part of the Association of Capoeira Senzala de Santos, headed by the greatly respected Master Sombra.

Capoeira in Athens, Greece

The group, founded by Mestre Ediandro and Professor Manel, is devoted to the growth of capoeira in Athens – Greece, preserving all the origins and traditions of this art form.

Banzo de Senzala is a member of the Association of Capoeira Senzala de Santos, headed by Mestre Sombra.

The history of Capoeira

Capoeira was originated among the African slaves in Brazil in the sixteenth century, as a form of self-defence. Disguised as a dance to escape their masters prohibition, the Capoeira developed through centuries a complex art.

To ensure their survival, the traditional forms were infused with a new musical accompaniment. Capoeira’s deadly potential was hidden from the slave-masters by its dance-like elegance, baffling acrobatics, and the engaging rhythms of its music. From its roots the art elaborates a game and fight technique completely original.

For the African slaves, capoeira was a literal and symbolic means of survival. It became a tool of escape and defence, making freedom attainable and affirming strength, self-reliance and self esteem.

The Game of Capoeira

Capoeira is played in a circle, named roda . The struggles within the roda are a microcosm and symbolic of the struggle for freedom, dignity and peace that take place in the outer circle of life. The game is played by two players at a time who begin kneeling on the ground in front of the berimbaus, which area is called pé da cruz or pé do berimbau which means foot of the cross or foot of the berimbau.

The first song is a ladainha which means litany. After the ladainha a corrido , type of song, begins and then the two players shake hands and with various movements enter the roda.

A number of kicks, sweeps, and other attack and escape movements are then executed by the players who are as concerned about having a harmonious, beautiful exchange and communication as they are with kicking the other person or rendering them defenseless.

“At a seminar with Mestre João Cascau of the Senzala Academy of Santos, it was pointed out that from its origins, capoeira was not a vehicle of violence amongst its practitioners.

There would have been no benefit to slaves killing and injuring each other when they faced a violent and ruthless oppressor, the armed foremen and bush-captains who kept order for the plantation owners of Brazil. The kicks, foot sweeps and head butts of
capoeira undoubtedly can and have been used in mortal combat, and surely were when the opponent was a potentially deadly enemy, but amongst the comrades, the “Jogo de Capoeira”, the game of capoeira, even though it may have been a tight game, a close game and a hard game, was a game to play and enjoy for its beauty, not for blood.

Today, we do not use the kicks, foot sweeps and head butts as acts of violence, but as parts of the game. We are a family, we are friends, we play capoeira, and we don’t fight it.

Capoeira Shows - Performances - Workshops in Greece

Banzo de Senzala Atenas has performed and  run seminars and series of workshops in Greece..

Capoeira in Athens, Greece


Capoeira classes in Athens

@DanceUp Studio
Athinas & Protogenous 1
Monastiraki, 105 51 (5th floor)
Tel: +30 6932.71.76.16

5 min walk from Monastiraki metro station

20:30 – 22:00

20:15 – 21:15 Beginners
21:15  – 22:30 Mixed

19:30 – 20:30 Music
20:30 – 22:00 Mixed

Neo Irakleio

Capoeira classes in Athens

Prasinou Lofou 47, Iraklio 141 22

Tel: +30 6936815030

21:00 – 22:00

20:00 – 21:00

Banzo de Senzala Barcelona