The game of capoeira has multiple proven health, mental and social benefits on children.


  • A stronger immune system - the body’s ability to fight disease is improved.
  • Children are less prone to colds, allergies and diseases including cancer.
  • A reduction of type 2 diabetes caused by increased insulin sensitivity and improved carbohydrate metabolism.
  • Strengthens the entire cardiovascular system, including the heart and lungs, supporting the prevention of heart disease.
  • Children are less likely to become overweight.
  • Children develop stronger bone structure and muscle structure.
  • More energy, even after a long school day.
  • Better brain function.
  • Capoeira even helps in improving handwriting through dexterity related exercises and mathematical skills through its music.
  • Increased powers of concentration.
  • Quality of sleep is improved.
  • Body is better equipped to avoid injuries.


  • Capoeira teaches discipline, leadership skills.
  • Children learn a new language and are introduced to a whole new culture.
  • Capoeira decreases anxiety, reduces depression, improves mood and outlook in children.
  • Children learn planning and strategy by performing in the roda.
  • Capoeira helps children deal with social issues and teaches respect for friends and opponents.

Perhaps most importantly, this physical activity develops children’s self-esteem and confidence. Their ability to overcome difficult situations improves and they simply enjoy a better, sunnier outlook on life and develop a resilient character.