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Causes: Arts & Culture, Performing Arts Schools

Mission: BRAUSA is dedicated to promoting health and fitness, providing cultural education, and building community through the preservation and sharing of Braziian arts, culture and sport. Our goal is to make Kapoeira accessible to all, including the blind and visually impaired.

Target demographics: The blind and visually impaired community.

Geographic areas served: Greater Los Angeles, CA (though we hope to expand!)

Programs: We provide free Kapoeira classes for the blind and visually impaired. Due to its multi-faceted nature, Kapoeira provides many benefits to this community. Master Raiul created a curriculum specifically designed to cater to the challenges they face every day. Some benefits include: • Improved balance and increased strength. • Access to both aerobic and anaerobic exercise, which increases power and muscle mass and improves cardiovascular and respiratory systems. • Development of gross motor skills (large body movements such as punches, kicks, acrobatics, and grappling) and fine motor skills (more detail-oriented movement such as playing various Kapoeira instruments – berimbau, tambourine, drums). • Improved self-defense skills • Increased socialization • Increased self-esteem and self-confidence • Having FUN!

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Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been doing martial arts for about 15 years now. When I started training with Master Raiul and Tiffany, I had just found out I was pregnant and was going to have a baby. Tiffany and Raiul were very accommodating and awesome to work with. I continued my exercise and training all the way until I was 35 weeks pregnant. I maintained a great health and balance throughout my pregnancy as a result of eating healthy and exercising regularly. Not only that, I was able to drop 38 lbs just 7-8 weeks after I had the baby because I was able go back to BRAUSA and begin (very gradually) training again.

BRAUSA is great for health and development of strength as well as self-defense.

Calder G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

BRAUSA is driven and dedicated to helping the visually impaired community. Where some see a limitation, a handicap, Brausa sees an opportunity to challenge, to overcome; that you can achieve anything, no matter what stands in your way, if you set your mind to it.

Board Member

Rating: 5

BRAUSA is dedicated to promoting health and fitness, providing cultural education, and building community through the sharing and preservation of Braziilan arts, culture and sport. We specifically outreach to the blind and visually impaired community, a group that is often overlooked when it comes to physical activity and fitness. Through Kapoeira, a martial art developed by Master Raiul that is a combination of traditional Capoeira, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai, individuals are able to increase endurance and flexibility, build strength, increase self-confidence, and build community. Master Raiul is a great teacher who is passionate about helping all individuals attain their maximum potential. He educates his students about their bodies, nutrition and fitness in a way that really motivates and empowers them to take charge of their health. After several months of classes at the Braille Institute, visually impaired students have shown their excitement about Kapoeira and exclaim how they feel better, how they have lost weight, how they feel stronger, and how they want to bring their friends to the class. We can see improvement in self-confidence as well as an increased sense of belonging.