International Training Course: Capoeira as a tool in working with youth with fewer opportunities

This resource is a product of an international training that was designed for youth workers who work with young people with fewer opportunities. Aim of the project was to develop competence of the participants in using capoeira as a tool in working with youth with fewer opportunities. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art which combines elements of martial arts, acrobatics, dance and music through playing in non-violent environment. It is not just a recreational activity that is good for building up endurance and strength, but has positive effects on both physical and mental well-being. It helps to develop self-discipline and sense of responsibility, as well as to build up self-confidence and self-esteem. Capoeira promotes prosocial behaviours and teaches how to control emotions in different situations, which makes it great tool in work with children and youth with fewer opportunities.