Teacher Contact Information
call or text if it's urgent.
send a text rather than leave a message.
use email when the communication is not as time sensitive.
Tamanduá firstname.lastname@example.org 510.326.8107
Xerife Jjhowell@gmail.com 949.929.2823
Macarrão Macarrao.email@example.com 916.215.5946
O Pé firstname.lastname@example.org 480.768.7413
Reparado email@example.com 310.801.1598
Beija Flor Meghannmcollins@gmail.com 323.574.0704
Ponta de Flecha firstname.lastname@example.org 919.619.1529
Bote Fé email@example.com 323.819.3825
Bombinha firstname.lastname@example.org 310.850.5371
Pensador email@example.com 702.763.0497
Guatambu firstname.lastname@example.org 323.515.2585
Guidelines for a successful class
It's essential to the development of our school for new students to have a consistently great experience. We achieve this by being great at customer service. As much as the new students are there to learn from whomsoever may be teaching, we as the individual(s) running class need to remember the customer is king. While these points may seem like common sense, it is important to have a shared understanding of our practices.
We are going to give a great and consistent experience to new students with the following practices:
Before Arriving at Class:
- Remind yourself that you are representing me (Professor Guatambu), my teachers (Mestres Acordeon, Rã, and Suelly), their teachers (Mestre Bimba, Mestre Suassuna) all the United Capoeira Association community, our group (UCAinLA: your fellow students), and most importantly yourself.
- You are the one(s) teaching the class, and, unless I (Professor Guatambu) tell you otherwise, that does not change. This is for liability purposes, and is non-negotiable.
- Make sure you have what you need to effectively run class. i.e. music, water, instruments, access to keys so you can open the studio, or lock it up to close it if necessary, anything you may need. Kids classes go much better playing with a berimbau in your hand than with music played over a stereo system... just trust me.
- If any changes are made to the teaching schedule make sure that you first try to get in touch with me to get the necessary permission, and if you cannot for some reason, at least send me a text message or leave me a voicemail about the required change(s). Great communication is absolutely critical to your being able to be a part of this. This is for liability purposes, and is non-negotiable.
While at Class and getting ready to begin:
- Sweep the floor either yourself, or ask someone that knows how to do it.
While new students are arriving or after they have arrived:
- Greet the new student(s) with a smile.
- Introduce yourself, ask their name, and inquire about their day.
- Listen with genuine interest. While this may seem obvious or trivial, it is actually essential to building a bridge between you, the new student, and a great experience with us. We want to earn and keep their trust.
- Ask if they have seen capoeira before, and where/how.
- Ask about what brought them to class. This will give an understanding about what they are looking for in their capoeira experience, and you can use this as a way to build excitement about capoeira in the newcomer when you are working with them in class.
- Ask if they completed their waiver online, and, if not, ask them do to so and give brief instruction how to locate it. Ex.: "Have you been to our website? Ok great. On the left hand side you will see a section that says, 'Your First Class' Click that and it will take you to our newcomer's page. There you will see a link for the online waiver. Please fill that out when you get home tonight."
- Explain that our warmup/conditioning at the beginning of class is both vigorous and SCALABLE. They can tailor it to their level today. In three months they will be able to look back and measure tangible improvement.
When Running Class:
- Make sure that everyone in the class knows each other's name by having everyone introduce themselves to each other.
- Do the warmup that we are doing in class. Keep it consistent. Don't try to reinvent the wheel.
- Be attentive to any questions, but also let people work. You don't need to be involved in correcting people's every move. Let them work things out for themselves.
- Stay in your comfort zone. Work on the things you know how to do.
- Pay attention to the time to keep the class running smoothly and within the boundaries of that class's schedule.
- Have a great time yourself! Make it fun and interesting for everyone!
When finishing up:
- Check in with the new students and ask if they enjoyed class.
- Ask if they have any questions.
- Remind them about our schedule, and ask when we can look forward to seeing them again.
- Thank them for coming to class.
When getting ready to go home:
- Take care of the instruments. Leave them stored properly, organized, and in working order.
If anything happens to them, either repair them or let me know so I can make time to fix them.
- Restore the room to the way or better than you found it.
- Turn off all the lights, stereo, heat, etc.
- Close all windows and doors.
- If locking up at Studio A, make sure that BOTH locks are locked at the front gate.
- If someone else is there after you, politely check in with them to see if they know how to lock up.
If in the unfortunate event of injury or medical emergency (while rare it can happen):
- Assess the situation calmly.
- Apply first aid (we have our own first aid kit in a red bag up in the storage next to the atabaques)
- CALL 911 if it looks like more than you can handle, or if you have any doubts. This is for liability purposes, and is non-negotiable under all circumstances.