Capoeira is a sport that we watch admiringly,
since it's a form of combat that looks like dancing. It's been around
for many years, but has only recently come to Turkey. Although most
people prefer to simply watch, some choose Capoeira as their lifestyle.
There are many theories about how Capoeira started. The most commonly
accepted is that capoeira is a mixture of different cultures, different
religions and different fighting styles that was developed by African
slaves living in Brazil.
The Physical Education and Sports Center has been offering a Capoeira
course for three years now. The instructor, Monitor Dragao, stated to
Bilkent News that Capoeira "is more than just a sport, it's an entire
philosophy of life." Bilkent News also spoke with some of the students
in the course and asked what they thought about Capoeira. Bora Çelikel
said, "I've learned even more than I expected. We've made a lot of
progress since the beginning of the course." İsmet Koç (Instructor at
the Music Preparatory School), who said he had been taking the course
for a month and a half, remarked, "It's a combination of many
self-defense sports in one."
Erce Özgecen (CTIS) summed it all up: "It's fun to dance and fight at
the same time. I recommend this course to everyone!"
Classes take place on Monday and Thursday from
For more information, you can visit
Pınar Kefeli (COMD/II)