Keith Elijah Fasciani

What is your favorite thing about Capoeira? 

My teachers, the shared space, the difficulty, the fear, the celebration, going upside down to watch the world.

What is your favorite thing about the New York Capoeira Center?

My Mestre. Love. The Love. The community. How it came into my life as a teenager and has changed my entire path in life.

Why should everyone try capoeira?

To redefine how one can be in their own world. To get strong! In body, heart, mind.

How has capoeira changed your life? 

See above

Hanna Fons

Speaking of good hands...I'd been meaning to send you a note for some time to say what a joy it's been to be a part of Capoeira Angola Quintal (CAQ) for the last year. It's my privilege to be involved with several different groups of wonderful, talented, badass people across multiple disciplines, but our academy is really something special.

The teaching/coaching talent of the instructors - Ari in particular, but also Jimmy and Zach - is some of the best I've seen anywhere. Over and above that however, I so appreciate the warm, welcoming spirit that you, the instructors, and my fellow members have cultivated. It's always tough to try and enter a tight-knit group of strangers - particularly in a physical culture setting like a gym or an academy - but for someone like myself, what with all the pronoun confusion and so forth, it's always much harder. The fact that the CAQ family - and again, Ari in particular - immediately made me feel included and at-home is a testament to the quality of people the school attracts, and the positive energy it radiates as a result. 

Ami S.

What is your favorite thing about Capoeira?

I’ve never been a particularly athletic person - so it’s been pleasantly surprising to discover what my body is capable of - i.e. being able to do a headstand,handstand… Also it’s a much more enjoyable and productive work out as to compared to spending an hour on the elliptical at the gym.

What is your favorite thing about the New York Capoeira Center?

It’s an extremely welcoming community; teachers are great - very dedicated and passionate about teaching. Schedule is also flexible - with classes every day I can fit multiple classes into my week.

Why should everyone try capoeira?

Well - most things are worth trying once?

How has capoeira changed your life? 

Physically: feel much stronger, toned. 
Mentally: reduces stress; makes me much more patient with challenges and frustrations in day to day life (especially with respect to work).