capoeirainstitueOur Capoeira Institute Southwest Regional Chapter is a non-profit arts organization whose foundation is built on honoring traditions and building connections. We inspire Tucson and the Southern Arizona region to strengthen our communities by engaging in the thrilling Afro-Brazilian art of capoeira and Brazilian culture.  We provide workshops and event participation to economically challenged youth, public performances and festivals and ongoing training to promote cultural links and achieve excellence in mind, body and spirit. Funding provides scholarships for workshops, classes, performances and events in capoeira and Brazilian dance, music, art and culture.


Scholarships: Help underprivileged kids and families learn capoeira and participate in capoeira camps, workshops and events.




2016 Event: Four days of capoeira, Brazilian dance and music workshops with visiting world-renowned masters and Batizado (belt awards).




Wish List:
•Capoeira/Brazilian instruments (Goal: $500 annually) – add new and repair broken instruments to give more students a chance to experience playing them.

•Portable PA sound system and microphone (Goal: $800) – to enable us to expand our ability to bring programs to Tucson and the surrounding communities.

•Foldable gymnastic mats (Goal: $2,000) – to make the programs we offer even better.




The Capoeira Institute is a non-profit organization with locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Berkeley, Oakland, Santa Rosa, Fairfax, San Rafael, Petaluma, San Diego and our Southwest Regional Chapter in Tucson, Arizona. We are dedicated to creating and maintaining a level of excellence in technique, ritual and tradition in the training and performance of capoeira, and committed to the following:

  1. To facilitate and promote the education of the general public about capoeira and the many other diverse aspects of Brazilian culture such as dances, arts, folklore, games, customs and rituals; Specifically, this will be achieved by, but not limited to the following:
  2. To promote cultural exchange between the United States, Brazil and other countries emphasizing both the creation of opportunities in capoeira as well as developing an understanding of capoeira and other Brazilian related activities for the underserved segments of society, especially disadvantaged youth.
  3. To continuously create and maintain an elite level of excellence with respect to techniques, rituals and tradition in training and performing capoeira and other related activities; To expose all levels of society to such activities with the intent of educate, discipline and integrate people of California, the US and abroad about capoeira, Brazilian culture and its diverse related activities.