Dance of the martial arts

Capoeira instructors Glynn 'Lobo' Forsythe and Mickael 'Quebra' Lusson.
Capoeira instructors Glynn 'Lobo' Forsythe and Mickael 'Quebra' Lusson.

Hailing from Brazil, the sport resembles a dance and offers a full body workout.

‘It was outlawed for a very long time and only made legal in about 1940. It still has a bit of stigma in Brazil because it was generally done by poor black people,’ Mr Forsythe explained.

‘It’s interesting though because it has such a friendly atmosphere when you’re doing it. It has lots of theatrical elements and we’ve got music going and there’s clapping and singing.

‘As for the movement itself, it’s not like karate with lots of blocks and punches, instead it’s mostly kicks and you don’t block, you escape, so there are lots of ducking, dodging and acrobatic elements like cartwheels.’

Classes are at the Yokine Community Centre and Bayswater Seniors Centre.