Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art-cum-dance, is suddenly all the rage. At Berkeley's United Capoeira Association (2026 Addison St.; 510/666-1255), students follow the traditional format, moving to the beat of the berimbau and twirling around each other in a maze of kicks and cartwheels. To attract less-acrobatic types, Miami Beach's Crunch Fitness (1259 Washington Ave.; 305/674-8222) and New York's Chelsea Piers (W. 23rd St. at West Side Hwy.; 212/336-6000) use a modern version of the centuries-old sport that targets every muscle of the body.
Nana Asfour