Kids aged 3-12 years old will learn the basics of fitness and fun.  This is an unparented class taught by Victoria from Seek Yoga/SeekSurf).  It will help develop skills and strengths of basic exercises and movements like squats, pushups, sit-ups, somersaults, etc while playing games and interacting with other kids their age.  They will learn discipline and learning skills along with the physical benefits of fitness play. Victoria has a set of surfboards that she incorporates into the fitness classes to encourage balance and play in a unique format as well.

Little Sweatshop kids learn to recognize the importance of fitness and healthy choices in life.  And best of all, because they will observe  adults working out at the same time, this will be adopted as “normal” for the rest of their lives.  



Reni Rerreira, our Capoeira instructor

Capoeira, by Wikipedia definition:

“Capoeira (/ˌkæpuːˈɛərə/; Portuguese pronunciation: [kapuˈejɾɐ]) is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music, and is sometimes referred to as a game.  It was developed in Brazil mainly by African descendants (N’golo, or zebra dance – a kind of dance in which the participant uses their feet to kick the head of their opponent similar to how a zebra moves, hence the name) with native Brazilian influences (Maraná war fight – a kind of fight in which one uses all of his or her body to attack the enemy), probably beginning in the 16th century. It is known by quick and complex moves, using mainly power, speed, and leverage for a wide variety of kicks, spins, and highly mobile techniques; at heart is the ginga (similar to native Brazilian dance until today), the back-and-forth, foot-to-foot movement that serves as the starting point for such leverage. Capoeira used in genuine self-defense situations incorporates many sweeps and low moves, whereas when played as a game there is more emphasis on high moves, demonstrations of acrobatics, full cartwheels (called au) for evasion, and flips or other exotic techniques by mestres (masters), and performing an entertaining match for the audience.”

As an activity for children, Capoeira is not only so fun, but definitely incorporates all of the skills that we love our children to add to their lives:  music, dance and martial arts.

Reni Lima Ferreira is our instructor and runs the Edmonton Capoeira Academy.  His athleticism, patience and skills are incredibly and we are so excited to add Reni to our team of amazing instructors at the Little Sweatshop!