What is Capoeira?

Capoeira is an ancient martial art created by African and Brazilian people long ago. It is a rich blend of body expression, fight, dance, music, and movement. Capoeira is steeped in history and culture, much of which was passed down from generation to generation through stories and songs.
Capoeira practioners say that it is a mirror to life. Challenges faced in life are faced in roda. Lessons learned in life are reflected in the jogo. (game). As one grows in capoeira, ones grows in life. As one grows in life, one grows in capoeira.

About Our School

Capoeira Mandinga Detroit was established in 1998 under the supervision of Mestre Marcelo Caverinha. Our school believes strongly in community and unlimited possibility through creativity and body expression. We celebrate capoeira and wish to share it with everyone. We work with everyone who wants to participate in this ancient martial art with us. We sing. We dance. We learn. We play. We work hard and we have fun. Capoeira is for everyone and we encourage everyone to come play capoeira with us!

Our Teacher

Monitora Sabiá is our teacher and the director of the Capoeira Mandinga Detroit academy. She has been training capoeira under the supervision of Mestre Marcelo for over 11 years and teaching for 7 years. Sabiá willingly assumed the role of head instructor of her schoool and co-director of Capoeira Mandinga Michigan when the previous teacher retired in 2013. In her short time in capoeira, Sabiá has lead workshops at national martials training camps, held lectures at universities and taught capoeira classes across the country.

Our Mestre

Mestre Marcelo Caverinha is our capoeira master and the founder of Capoeira Mandinga. In 1984, Mestre Marcelo left Brazil and settled in the United States, bringing with him the rich art-form of capoeira; at that time he was one of only three people teaching in the US. Since then Mestre Marcelo’s Oakland, California-based school branched out throughout the US and the world. Capoeira Mandinga academies can be found in New Zealand, Israel, China, Taiwan, Japan and of course Brazil.

Capoeira in Ferndale, MI

Thursdays 7:30pm & Saturdays 11:00am

Our most popular classes are held in the heart of Ferndale and are open to everyone of all experience levels. Beginners and advanced students are welcome to come. We focus on various styles and techniques of capoeira including music and instruments.

  • Location: Mejishi Martial Arts
  • Address: 247 W. 9 Mile Rd (Troy St Entrance)

Capoeira in St Clair Shores, MI

Wednesdays 5pm

Our newest class added to our metro Detroit schedule is just minutes from Lake St. Clair! Expect to get a great workout while practicing the fundamentals of capoeira. This class is small and geared toward beginners, so its the perfect class to join if you're getting started.

  • Location: Fresh Brazilian Jiujitsu Academy
  • Address: 22520 Greater Mack Ave. St. Clair Shores MI

Capoeira in Rochester, MI

Tuesdays 8:15pm

Our class hosted in fLipSpot Gymnastics and Cheer is a beginner level class.
We offer a large training space and easy going atmosphere. fLipSpot is the perfect place for capoeira! With trampolines, soft mats, and foam pits training has never been so exciting!

Students under 16 are welcome with instructor's permission.

  • Location: fLipSpot Gymnastics & Cheer
  • Address: 500 E. Second St Rochester MI

Capoeira For Kids

Saturdays 9:45am - 10:45am

Ages 6 - 12

Brincadeira means to play like a child! Filled with energy, joy and happiness!
Our class focuses on the fundamentals of capoeira in a playful way. Through structured games, kids learn balance and body coordination which are important in a child's development. With capoeira techniques combined with singing and exercise, the children learn discipline, self-control and grow confidence in themselves.

  • Location: Mejishi Martial Arts
  • Address: 247 W. 9 Mile Rd (Troy St Entrance)

Class Schedule and Fees


Payment Policy

All students are required and expected to pay for class. Class fees are due at the beginning of class prior to entering the floor for training. Students are responsible for attending classes they pay for. Classes paid for in advance must be attended before the end of the month. There is no carryover month to month unless specifically discussed and agreed to prior to payment. There are no refunds.

Class Schedule Location Description Monthly Fee
Capoeira for Kids Sat 9:45am - 10:45am 247 W. 9 Mile Rd. Ferndale, MI
use Troy St. entrance
Ages 6 - 12 $45/person
Capoeira at fLipSpot Tue 8:15pm - 9:45pm 500 E. Second St. Rochester, MI Ages 16+ $59/person
Capoeira in St. Clair Shores Wed 5pm - 6pm Fresh BJJ
22520 Greater Mack Ave. St. Clair Shores MI
Ages 10+ $45/person
Capoeira in Downtown Ferndale Thu 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Sat 11am - 12:30pm
247 W. 9 Mile Rd. Ferndale, MI
use Troy St. entrance
Ages 13+ $60/person
Single Class Visitor Fee $25/person

Payments can be made in cash, check, money order or via PayPal. We do not accept on site credit cards at this time. Credit card payments can be made via PayPal. PayPal payments can be sent to info@capoeiradetroit.org. Make all check/money orders out to The Capoeira Group LLC.