Brazilian Capoeira

Capoeira is a Brazilian art form which combines fight, dance, rhythm and movement. Capoeira is a dialog between players – a conversation through movement which can take on many shades of meaning. The details of capoeira’s origins and early history are still a matter of debate among historians, but it is clear that african slaves played a crucial role in the development of the art form. Some historians claim that slaves used capoeira’s dance-like appearance as a way to hide their training of combat and self defense. Capoeira’s many styles come out of the context of two principle branches that were formalized in the first half of the twentieth century following capoeira’s legalization.

Capoeira is commonly accepted as having been originated in Brazil and is heavily steeped in cultural identity. It is about more than just fighting. Capoiera tells the story of a people in constant motion. Capoeira was formed between the 16th and 19th centuries by African slaves imported to the Brazilian east coast. Through music and dance, these early slaves were able to communicate to one another during a period of fierce oppression. Over the years, capoeira has grown into a worldwide martial art form that dazzles crowds all over

Capoeira is now practiced all over the world:

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