Excellent group! I have participated in capoeira classes, samba classes, portuguese classes, as well as attended many of the free public events such as movie nights and open house music nights. The programs and people at the BAF have created a sense of community where I've felt comfortable trying things that I never would have imagined doing. The friends I've made and the things I've learned at the BAF have become a central part of my life. What separates the BAF for me from other organizations is the warm sense of community they provide. I came wanting to learn capoeira - and got that and much more - language, music, culture, and friendships.
This wonderful institution is filled with amazing people who give everything they can to help others be happy.
I moved away less than 2 years ago and I still think of and remember the BAF fondly. They were, they are and they always will be a family to me. It does not matter how long I am gone, I always feel welcomed. I have learned so much from capoeira and from Gringo. I will always remember when Gringo said, "you will get as much out of it as you put in". And so it has been true for capoeira and in life. I have learned amazing lessons that I always carry with me. I would recommend the Foundation in a heart beat for all subjects. The instructors are all professionals.
A few years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to Capoiera while we were living in France. We started practicing together just for fun. When I returned to Houston, I learned about the Brazilian Art Foundation and I decided to start training with the a professional instructor. I really enjoy gringo's teaching style and all the references to real life. My favorite quote: "you get out of it what you put in". Same is true for life.
I have made a few new friends and I feel like I am part of a new family. Houston is lucky to have such a wonderful organization and their dedication to the community makes it even more special.
I learned so much more about capoeira in my first few months at BAF than I did in the previous year at another school. The emphasis placed on the culture and history make the experience so much more stimulating and fulfilling, and the instructors are extremely talented, helpful and passionate about what they do.
I have been taking classes (capoeira and samba) here for over 6 years and can’t say enough about the positive impact it has made on my life. The instructors are passionate about their craft and passing on their knowledge, history, and love for capoeira to the students. In all the years I’ve been taking lessons there I’ve never had a class end early, but often go past the end time. The atmosphere is one of family, with everyone helping each other to improve. If you are interested in improving your overall health, core strength, and flexibility in a great atmosphere, this is the place to go.
I took Portuguese classes there for a number of years. While languages arent really my thing as i am a numbers guy, the classes were very good. The teachers were passionate and committed. I can pretty much read and understand the written language at this point. Speaking it not so good but really my fault.
Mr Campos does a good job overall for a small non profit.
Been to the festival for a number of years and volunteer each year at the admission booth. Always a good experience.
have also been to music and movie nights and are entertaining.
If anyone is interested in Brazil this is a good place to go. However do not expect it to be a Brazilian Community Center for Houston. Thats not what it is and probably not expected to be.
This foundation are not what they advertise they are. I am extremely disappointed with the quality of services provided when they are provided , because out of nowhere lessons will be canceled without notice and you drive all the way there to find the doors all locked and nobody there.
The studio floor is filthy dirty and classes ; capoeira and dance always start late and finish earlier .....
The Portuguese language class is a complete waste of time . You won't learn anything and the material presented is of very poor quality. If you have been to a real language school before you will soon realize that even Rosetta Stone has a better teaching method than this place.
These Portuguese classes will definitely not prepare you to go to Brazil or even speak the most basic Portuguese. They are also not honest about payment, sometimes you pay and they will say that you didn't.
Everything they teach there is taught just half way because they don't have qualified staff member . The place is poorly administrated and the owner was rude to me when I requested my money back.
I will never comeback there and do not recommend this non profit organization. Save yourself some money and stress GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!
There's enough going on at the BAF to keep a person busy for years. I have taken capoeira here for over a year now. Capoeira is excellent physical exercise, but the warm, welcoming, supportive people involved with the BAF are what keeps me coming back.