We had our first Capoeira class today at Jai, and it was so much fun. Patrick does an excellent job of making the beginners feel right at home, and it was great to see the more experienced students in full action. What struck me most about the class was the family-like feel of it. We create a circle and the two people "fighting" in the middle are in this protected container. Later Patrick told me that the idea is to keep the energy close with in the circle, so it doesn't get lost. As a beginner I felt very welcomed and when I stepped up to the plate they went easy on me, but still threw some moves that kept me on my toes. All in all Capoeira is an uplifting, sweaty, spirited experience. I am looking forward to next week!