Call and response: Trends in Capoeira Pedagogy
Shilcutt, Jackie Beth
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The purpose of this study was to inquire into the promotion of longevity within the Brazilian martial art form capoeira by investigating learning environments created by capoeira professores, with specific attention given to (1) pedagogical techniques used to pass on capoeira in a way that promotes longevity and (2) injury prevention practices present in capoeira instruction. This qualitative study utilized capoeira professores recruited amongst known teachers in the Itu community via email and word of mouth. These professores completed questionnaires, participated in oral interviews, and further discussed emerging themes and practices in a focus group. Results indicated themes of injury specific preventative stretches and strengthening, inclusion practices, pedagogical tactics, and a typical class format of warmup, stretches, specific skill work, and practice. By examining current practices, this study creates space for questions and dialogue about existing techniques and provides a comparative marker for future generations to reference.