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Capoeira Classes in Winter Garden

VI Levels is a MMA & Fitness Center Located in Winter Garden, Florida. We offer several on-going programs with multiple weekly classes for Kids starting at the age of 3. Choose from 3 of our on-going programs, for kids 3-5 years old we have Mighty Mites, our most popular program Youth is for Kids typically between 5-9 and our Teen program which the youngest can be about 10 years old. We don't focus so much on age but more skill.

We also have our Adult Program with Weekly classes and our Women's Self Defense Program. Along with our on-going programs you have a variety of Semi-Private and Private Programs to choose from. These programs are tailored to your needs and taught by one of our World Class or Celeberty Trainers.


About Capoeira Classes in Winter Garden

Capoeira (pronounced ka-poo-ey-da) is the Afro-Brazilian martial art style that incorporates acrobatics, dance, percussion, and songs in a rhythmic dialogue to bring together the body, mind, and spirit. 

Capoeira practitioners are referred to as capoeiristas, and the concept of the style is for two opponents to “play” each other inside a circle formed by other capoeiristas or players, who create the rhythm of the “game” by clapping, singing, and playing traditional instruments such as the berimbau (the musical bow).

In a Capoeira game, the players camouflage their self-defense movements, such as their kicks, with dance-like moves and mesmerizing acrobatics. This is a strategy that aims to fool their opponent and catch them off guard.

Also referred to as dance fighting, there is a common misconception that Capoeira is simply a performative art. However, Capoeira can be both performative and competitive. Performative Capoeira is choreographed as a means to wow a crowd while competitive Capoeira is very much a full-contact martial arts style. It all depends on the arena.

In essence, Capoeira is the result of over three hundred years of slavery in Brazil. Enslaved Western Africans were taken from their native lands by Portuguese colonists, put on ships, and sent over to Brazil to work the sugar cane plantations and serve other purposes. Since African slaves were taken from various Western African cultures, a melting pot of African cultural customs, dances, rituals and fighting techniques came together to form Capoeira. 

As Capoeira developed, the slaves used it in their fight to escape slavery and resist capture. However, they had to conceal its combative elements through music, song, and dance, especially after slavery was abolished in Brazil in 1888 when the martial art became illegal. Capoeiristas were even socially ostracized for over 40 years as it was thought of as a practice for selvagens or, savages.

However, Mestre Bimba, the legendary and renowned Capoeira Master, brought the art back to life and proved its legitimacy by opening the first official Capoeira school in Bahia, Brazil in 1932.

Capoeira is an expression of resistance, strength, and resilience encompassed in spiritual and emotional empowerment. It is a combination of the various cultures of enslaved Africans, Brazilian indigenous peoples, and even Portuguese immigrants, reflecting the cultural and social integration of a diverse people that is Brazil. 

Today, Capoeira is a forum for social and cultural exchange and empowerment. While it’s still a full-contact martial art, it is primarily practiced for enjoyment, fitness, and community. Above all, it revolves around respect. However, when it comes to playing Capoeira, the primary rule of the “roda” (pronounced, ho-da, meaning circle, as in circle of life) is that you must play by the music. In other words, you must follow the tempo and usually the Mestre (master). 

As the saying goes, “everything is allowed as long as it fits the music.” This would include strikes, kicks, knees, and takedowns, although extreme aggression is very much frowned upon. Additionally, if the master doesn’t like how a capoeirista plays, he will ask them to leave the roda.

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On-Going Programs

We go the extra mile for the kids, but we don’t take forever to get there.

Within each program we offer a variety of classes, that meet multiple times per week. Each class within the program is designed to further advance everyone with our VI levels in mind.

MIGHTY MITES

Kids Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 3-5
This mighty fun class is great for improving developmental milestones. Our Mighty Might's are given a platform of coordination, following directions and patience all while teaching the foundation of Self Defense.

YOUTH

Kids Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 6-9
Our non-traditional, enhanced, Mixed Martial Arts and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu program will give your child the mental and physical skills that will assist them in everyday life. All while increasing their enthusiasm and understanding of discipline.

TEENS

Teen Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 10-14+
Our Teens Program is a continuation of our younger programs. Whether you are just joining us, or you have been with us from the beginning. Your teen will continue to develop skills designed to help them in the real world.

ADULTS

Adult Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 15+
Whether you've trained before or you're ready to start a new chapter in life. Our Adult Program is a wonderful place for people who want to learn Self-Defense, have fun, get in great shape, all while under the watchful eye of skilled instructors.

Women's Self Defense

Women's Self Defense Classes
Ages 6+
Our Women’s Self-Defense is a 5 Week Program that meets once a week for 90 minutes. This is Women's Self-Defense thats molded to everyday situations, that’s Simple, Practical, And Most of All — Reliable.

FREE WEEK TRIAL

Free Week Trial
Seriously, A Free Week!
We are currently offering a FREE WEEK TRIAL for Mighty Mites, Youth, Teen and Adult Programs. Simply sign up & select the first class you or your child would like to attend, completly FREE. Once you arrive for your class, we will handle the rest.

Semi-Private & Private Programs

Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.

Our Semi-Private and Private programs offer individual and semi-individual classes that can meet multiple times per week. Helping you to form a habit that is life changing and healthy.

FITNESS TRAINING

Fitness Classes
Ages 6 +
We offer Group and Private Classes to help get the results you desire. People who are looking for more personal attention, can hire one of our world-class coaches for Fitness & Cardio Training. Your challenge, become the best version of you!

WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE

Women's Self-Defense Classes
Ages 6 +
Women’s Self-Defense That’s Simple, Practical, And Most of All — Reliable. Our Women’s Self-Defense program is based on the effective and efficient techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Molded to everyday situations.

STRIKING

Striking MMA Classes
Ages 6 +
Striking revolves around learning how to use your knees, legs, and arms to protect yourself or someone you love. Bringing in a foundation of Muay Thai, you'll become more comfortable and confident with your body.

CAMPUS DEFENSE

Campus Defense Classes
Ages 16 +
Whether you're sending your daughter or son off to college. Or you're a current college student, learning how to get yourself out of tricky situations is a life skill. Train with our Celebrity Trainers to learn how to maneuver through life.

MODEL MUGGIN

Model Muggin Classes
Ages 16 +
Learn what to do, and what not do, in the unfortunate event of a mugging. Life sometimes throws us curve balls, be prepared when the time counts. Protect yourself and your loved ones with confidence and skills to last a lifetime.

FAMILY SAFE

Family Safe Classes
Entire Household
Having the family know what to do in a worst-case scenario provides a foundation for everyone to work from. Your family will build upon what to do and what not do in the event of real-life emergencies.

HANDGUN PROTECTION

Handgun Protection Classes
Ages 16 +
Learn how to use and control your handgun effectively and safely. Learning how you can safely manipulate and control your weapon will boost your confidence and abilities for those unforeseen times.

HANDGUN MANIPULATION

Handgun Manipulation Classes
Ages 16 +
Learn Handgun Manipulation. When faced with an impossible decision, what do you do? Learning how to break down those seemingly impossible feats, gives you the strength and confidence in yourself to come out on top.

TACTICAL JIU JITSU (TJJ)

Tactical Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 16 +
Tactical Jiu-Jitsu™ (TJJ™) is a blend of martial arts, military, and law enforcement strategies. It is a street-ready program for anyone who is serious about self-defense and personal protection.

SPORTS CONDITIONING

Sports Conditioning Classes
Ages 6 +
Our Sports Conditioning Program is geared towards the athlete who is looking to enhance their workout.

MMA CONDITIONING

MMA Conditioning Classes
Ages 16 +
Our MMA Conditioning Program is geared towards the MMA athlete who is looking to enhance their workout, learn new skills and enhance specific areas of their Defense & Offense.

HOME INVASION

Home Invasion Classes
Ages 6 +
Geared towars the entire household to provide skills and the knowledge on how to handle a home invasion.

ANTI-BULLYING

Anti-Bullying Classes
Ages 6 - 16
One of our most popular programs, our Anti-Bullying classes are for ages 6-16 and provide the foundation to give kids the skills on how to handle bullies in modern day situations.

MIX & MATCH

Mix & Match Classes
Ages 6 +
Looking for something but you're not too sure what? Why not try a little bit of everything? Or a lot a bit of something? Find your passion and do a sampling of all our privates and/or semi-private classes.

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