Project Bantu is a social-cultural intervention developed by Mestre Roxinho to introduces the Brazilian art of Capoeira Angola to young people. The activity combines musical and physical expression to increase physical resistance, improve fitness, self-awareness, mindfulness, body expression and musical skills.
Project Bantu originated in Brazil and has since been adapted to fit the needs of young people in Australia. Evaluation of the project found that young people who participated in the project showed considerable improvement in behaviour and social cohesion.
Teachers observed an increase in both classroom cooperation and individual self-esteem. Young people were also found to be less likely to use illicit drugs or engage in criminal activities after participating in the project.
Since conception in 2010, the project has grown in both strength and numbers. Over many years, Mestre Roxinho has secured the backing of STARRTS NSW (the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors). STARRTS has worked with Mestre Roxinho on the integration of Project Bantu across schools through the NSW region.
Capoeira for kids
Kids’ classes focus on the basics elements that form Capoeira Angola which include the movements and the music. Step-by-step there will be noticeable improvements in physical agility and flexibility as well as rhythm and coordination.
Capoeira Angola can help young people to increase their physical resistance, improve fitness, self-awareness, mindfulness, body expression, and musical skills. It is a laboratory in which skills can be used in everyday life, and are performed in a safe environment, all while meeting new friends and having fun.