Recently Zongo Bluezone introduced to its Blueliners a new sporting activity, Capoeira.
In partnership with the Benin Capoeira Association (ACB), which works to develop the practice of Capoeira, it is now possible to practice this activity in the Bluezone.
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that is rooted in the methods of combat and dances of the African peoples of the time of slavery in Brazil. It differs from other martial arts by its playful side and often acrobatic. The feet are widely put to use in combat, although other body parts can be employed such as the hands, head, knees and elbows. The “players” can take a stand in support or balancing on the hands to perform kicks or acrobatics. Rich with many forms, capoeira is practiced at different levels of the ground and at different speeds, accompanied often by instruments, songs and claps of hands.
According Mamoudou Fassassi, the main trainer of Capoeira in Cotonou, the discipline develops and promotes social and educational functions of sport.
Unknown to the general public in Benin, this martial art arouses curiosity of young Blueliners and several have already registered for the practice weekly. “Capoeira helps me stay fit and develop flexibility. I work my whole body and it keeps my mind alert, “said Julien to us.