Kapoeira for the Visually Impaired at the BORP Fitness Studio!

What is Kapoeira?
Master Raiul’s Kapoeira (pronounced kap-oh-ehda) is a Brazilian art form that combines minimum-contact martial arts and self-defense with rhythm and music. Kapoeira involves many different movements and musical instruments. It is a fun way to develop physical coordination, endurance, rhythm, flexibility, strength and self-defense! Come get energized and join the fun!

Check out these links to hear what some Kapoeira participants have to say about taking this class from Master Raiul.


Master Raiul is a highly qualified teacher who is specialized in teaching Kapoeira to the blind and visually impaired. Along with 36 years of martial arts training and experience, Master Raiul also has a  degree in Physical Education. He developed Cerqueira’s Methodology, which enables blind and visually impaired students to learn Kapoeira.  He used this teaching method to start this unique class in 2004 in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the CADEVI Institute, a support center for the visually impaired that collaborates with the Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind, and he taught over 50 students at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles, CA. His Kapoeira classes enable all visually impaired and blind students to be able to exercise, learn self-defense, and play musical instruments through the practice of Kapoeira in both group and individual settings. Not only do these classes improve physical fitness, but they also provide a cultural experience while building community.

BORP and Master Raiul are offering Kapoeira classes on Tuesdays from 7:15-8:15pm, and Fridays from 6:30-7:30pm.

Come to the Kapoeira Open House at the BORP Fitness Studio on Friday June 15th from 6:30-7:30. Master Raiul will be welcoming everyone to experience a demo and participate if you would like. This Open House event is free of charge. If you would like more info please contact Master Raiul (pronounced “Hiyo”) directly at (310)621-0312 or mestreraiul@gmail.com