The main focus of youth capoeira classes is to develop the student's body movements through educational games that train kicks, escapes and acrobatics. Additionally, children work with the development of body expression. These movements give children an increase in overall strength, endurance, agility, flexibility, coordination and balance. They are also able to learn the aspects of the martial art component while simultaneously adding Capoeira's philosophy and discipline.One of the unique aspects of youth capoeira is the development of musical awareness and rhythm through the use of Capoeira instruments (how to both use and make them and their historical significance) and cultivation of each student's musical ability. The four main instruments of Capoeira--the berimbau, atabaque (drum), pandeiro (tambourine), and the agogo--allow children to work together as a group, gaining general music skills. For children having a more difficult time with the physical movements in capoeira, music tends to be a very important aspect; the music component allows them their place to gain self-confidence in the group, further motivating them to continue on their path in Capoeira.
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