ACSF works to preserve, develop, and share the art of capoeira with integrity and to use capoeira to build a healthy, just, and vibrant society in which people feel connected to and responsible for their community. By exploring creative ways of sharing capoeira and related arts, ACSF remains a pioneering force in the preservation and development of Brazilian arts.
For more than 20 years, we have been using capoeira to improve the health and vitality of the Bay Area. ACSF helps meet our community’s need for a safe, accessible space where people of all ages and abilities can participate in meaningful activities that engage body, heart, and mind. We ensure accessibility by providing inclusive programs, offering equitable fee structures, and operating in underserved communities.
ACSF teaches respect for diversity, addresses socioeconomic inequities that reduce access to high-quality arts and physical programs, and provides opportunities for our community members to exercise both choice and responsibility. In this way, ACSF has a profound impact on the health, culture, and social standing of our community and the lives of youth and adults of all backgrounds.
PHILOSOPHY AND VALUES
ACSF uses capoeira as a vehicle for social change and individual growth in order to transcend socio-economic barriers and empower our community. Our organization promotes respect, cooperation, and freedom.
Our teaching methodology is both challenging and supportive, rooted in the belief that encouragement and positive role modeling enable capoeira to enrich the lives of all students, regardless of level or background.