Pusat Aktiviti Kanak-Kanak (PAKK) and KL Krash Pad (KLKP)
In Brazil, Capoeira is taught in many poor communities in hope to keep children off the dangerous streets as well as equip them with skills that they can hopefully use when they are older. To carry this tradition of Capoeira, Movimento Simples de Capoeira works with Yayasan Chow Kit (http://yck.org.my/) and teaches classes on a weekly basis to the children at Pusat Aktiviti Kanak-Kanak (PAKK) and KL Krash Pad (KLKP).
According to Professor Rafael, Capoeira is more than just a sport. “Capoeira is life - the music, the philosophy, and the people. Capoeira not only strengthens our bodies, it also strengthens our spirit to assist those who are in need.”
Professor Rafael recalls how, back in Brazil, his master would visit the slums to teach the children Capoeira. The slums there are vicious, and young children are forced into drug rings and gangsterism. Therefore it is no surprise that young children carry guns. Today, most of the children his Master has taught have grown up to become young healthy adults and some of them have even became outstanding Capoeiristas.
This social project with YCK started in late 2009. In January 2011, we organised The KL Krash Pad Welcome festival, co-produced by Yayasan Chow Kit, KL Krash Pad, PAKK and the Ministry of Women, Health and Community Development. The festival entailed a workshop with Prinicpal Instructors from Malaysia, Singapore and Australia followed by an initiation ceremony to welcome the participants of PAKK and KLKP into the Capoeira family.
Classes are conducted weekly by students of MSCM. Professor Rafael feels that giving back to the community is an important element of Capoeira, and that once students reach a certain level they have the duty to share their knowledge. It is not an easy project as children come and go and with their difficult circumstances. But no matter the circumstances, members of MSCM do their best to impart their knowledge of Capoeira to the children.
Learning Capoeira, the children are exposed to not only the martial art element of Capoeira, but they also learn to sing and play musical instruments. The hope is that the children and teenagers became more engaged in training for fitness while developing higher self-esteem, creativity and ability for self expression instead of roaming the streets and exposing themselves to vice activities.
The Foundation, under the purview of Ministry of Women, Health and Community Development have been very supportive of the Capoeira training program in their centers.