Eugene Capoeira

Eugene Capoeira
Brazilian cultural Academy
Professor Brucutu

About Capoeira

Capoeira ao vivo aqui!

With over 30 years combined Capoeira experience Professor Brucutu (Davey Jackson) and Formada Angoleira (Heather Figi) are dedicated lifetime practitioners of the Brazilian Martial Art of Capoeira. Movement, Music, Art, Humility and Passion flow freely at every classes. These classes are about celebrating our bodies through traditional Brazilian dance movements, playful creative expression and above all FUN
Professor Brucutu
Professor Brucutu
Instructora Angoleira
Instructora Angoleira


David Jackson Certificado
Davey awarded RSCO Certificate
David Brucutu Jackson RSCO certificate

Our Lineage

Eugene Capoeira is an independent Capoeira Contemporânea academy founded by Professor Brucutu. Eugene Capoeira grew out of a University of Oregon MFA cohort which helped produced 8 Capoeira instructors in the state of Oregon. Over our 20 years of teaching Capoeira in Eugene we have hosted teachers from three major branches of Capoeira: Angola, Contemporânea and Regional. Noteable contributors to Eugene Capoeira include Mestre Pedro Cruz, Mestre Dilaho, Mestre Silvinho Dos Reis and Contra Mestre Alex Moran.

Origins of Capoeira

Capoeira (Portuguese pronunciation: KA-PO-Air-Ah) is a Brazilian Martial Art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. It was developed in Brazil  at the beginning of the 16th century. It is known for its quick and complex maneuvers, predominantly using power, speed, and leverage across a wide variety of kicks, spins and techniques.

The most widely accepted origin of the word capoeira comes from the Tupi words ka’a (“jungle”) e pûer (“it was”), referring to the areas of low vegetation in the Brazilian interior where fugitive slaves would hide. A practitioner of the art is called a capoeirista ( pronunciation: KAH-PO-Air-EE-STA).

On 26th November 2014 capoeira was granted a special protected status as “intangible cultural heritage” by UNESCO.

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