Capoeira Regional

About Us.

The Capoeira Regional Study Group (Grupo de Estudar) aims to preserve the methods and teachings of Brazilian capoeira Master (Mestre) Bimba by upholding the traditions, music and spirit of the roda—the circle where capoeira is played. We welcome you to come challenge your fitness, transform your wellness and building lasting relationships through this unique art form.

  • Fitness

    With conditioning exercises, martial arts techniques, partner drills and a game (interactive practice) spanning the four pillars of fitness—cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neuromotor and flexibility—capoeira offers a well-rounded approach to physical wellness and overall health.

  • Culture

    Deeply rooted in Afro-Brazilian culture, capoeira is an art form that fosters a unique historic tradition and rich legacy that dates back to the Colonial period in Brazil, with a foundation in West Africa.

  • Community

    Our capoeira group is not only tightly knit in the classroom and well-connected to the local community, we maintain close ties with our fellow teachers and practitioners in Bahia, Brazil, Toronto, Canada, and Northern California.


Gary L. Williams (aka Trovoada or "Trovy" for short) has been teaching Capoeira in the Metro Detroit Area since 1999.

Currently, Gary is working towards becoming a formado (formed or graduated student) with the prestigious Filhos De Bimba Escola de Capoeira. Trovoada has extensively traveled through the United States and Canada furthering his capoeira studies and in the summer of 2016 completed one month of intensive Capoeira training at the headquarters of Filhos de Bimba Escola de Capoeira in Salvador, Brazil, under the watchful eye of Mestre Nenel, the son of the famous Mestre Bimba, and his Professors (teachers).

Gary, who previously taught a capoeira course at Eastern Michigan University, has instructed people of all ages and backgrounds with a focus on improving overall wellness, functional fitness and personal growth of individuals at every level.

He earned his Master's of Arts in teaching (MAT) and BA from English at Wayne State University.

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The Benefits of Capoeira

Fitness | Culture | Community

Strength Training

Capoeira helps to strengthen joints and bones while building muscle that burns calories and helps you to avoid injury in daily, recreational and sport activities.

Cardio Conditioning

Practicing capoeira provides a cardiovascular workout that improves the function of the heart, lungs and blood vessels while lowering blood pressure and the risk of heart disease.

Flexibility & Balance

Capoeira helps improve balance, flexibility and range of motion, reducing muscular aches and pains and injuries that result from a lack of pliability and stability.

Coordination & Agility

Capoeira's dynamic movements challenge your ability to maintain postural stability while moving, burning calories, increasing stamina and improving mental focus.


At a time when globalism has become mainstream, capoeira exposes practitioners to ethnic diversity and elements of a foreign culture, music and language (Brazilian Portuguese).


Capoeira provides the opportunity to build healthy social relationships and stronger ties to the community through a close-knit classroom environment and public activities.

Capoeira is not for fighting; it is for living life. MESTRE BIMBA founder of Capoeira Regional

Class Information

SCHEDULE: Mon 6:30pm to 8pm | Wed 6:30pm to 8pm | Sun 3pm to 4pm

COST: $15 New Student Intro (First Visit) | $20 Per Drop In
$70 Four Class Package | $120 Eight Class Package

LOCATION: Agora Arts, 646 E. Nine Mile Rd. in Ferndale, Michigan


Frequently Asked Questions

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian cultural art form and mind-body practice developed centuries ago encompassing physical movements, martial arts techniques, music and dance that increases flexibility, balance and strength, while fostering a sense of community.

Capoeira Regional is the name of a style of capoeira developed by Mestre Bimba (Manoel dos reis Machado) in the 1920’s. It is a combination of the capoeira of that time period with Batuque (a now extinct African-Brazilian combat dance), a specialized teaching methodology and Mestre Bimba’s innovations.

A typical class usually consists of a warm up using capoeira movements, individual practice, striking the kicking pads, partner work, sequences of learning, and freestyle play practice.