Shira gives a great constructed class, with lots of individual attention, all of her students are looking great and have wonderful uniformity in their technique. Shira is very enthusiastic and supporting, and has students ranging from little kids to people in their sixties that are all achieving unbelievable results. I highly recommend checking out this class!
Since you've found this website, you probably already know what Capoeira is. Before I started training, I did the same thing - I went online to look for Capoeira schools in the San Fernando Valley. I found Capoeira in the Valley, and decided to try a class. There were students of all skill levels and ages there, so I didn't feel out of place. The instructor Shira was very welcoming and walked me through the basics. After a few classes, I signed up for the entire month and have been doing so every month for the past year. Only recently did I find out how lucky I was to have started at this particular school.
Capoeira in the Valley teaches a specialized form of Capoeira, focusing on the "beauty" of the movements, stressing form and control. There are many other schools that are overly aggressive, allowing full-force takedowns and focusing on only how fast movements can be done. This can lead to injuries and very poor executions of Capoeira movements. The aesthetics and discipline of Shira's movements are definitely something to aspire to, something she imparts very well onto her students.
Our school has gone through many changes since it opened in the summer of 2010, but one thing that has not changed is how wonderful the people are. If you do decide to start taking classes, be prepared to meet many wonderful new friends.
Shira is not only a great teacher but a great friend who really cares about Capoeira! She makes Capoeira accessible to everyone, young, old, fit and out of shape. We all get a good workout. Never a dull moment, everyone in the class has a great attitude and are very welcoming!
Shira has always been passionate about Capoeira since the day she started 7 years ago. Everytime we come to her events she has such energy and fun that it is a pleasure to watch and join in! You definitely want to try her class out if you want to work out and have fun.
I have known Shira for a long time and she has always loved all martial arts. But with Capoeira she seemed the happiest and I enjoy coming to her class from time to time to see her progress both as a student and now as an Instructor. She breaks things down for all levels and makes those moves seem reachable and fun. I highly recommend you try her class and meet her wonderful group who are all warm, friendly, and inviting.
Shira focuses alot on flexibility... when it comes to martial art, flexibility takes almost 75 to 80% of the movements. Shira helped me on my flexibility and also carefully helped me rehabilitate my injuries from my accident through stretching and capoeira. Capoeira is a sport and martial art that can be enjoyed of all ages...Unlike other intence martial arts, in capoeira you laugh and have fun...There's even music...If your interested in starting this martial art, Shira is the one you want to start with...
I have improved so much after my accident...Shira helped me alot with my muscle and joints injuries through stretchings. Her master Amir is THE MAN!!! who teaches Capoeira, acrobatics, and etc. People are so friendly, kind, and also willing to help you out. If you are interested in learning Capoeira and not just Capoeira but acrobatics and strengthening your whole body? Then contact Shira, she will hook you up like there's no tomorrow!! ;) I'm planning on going back if I my time and money allows me to... =(