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Capoeira History

Capoeira was originated among the African slaves in Brazil in the sixteenth century, as a form of self-defence. Disguised as a dance to escape their masters prohibition, Capoeira developed through centuries a complex art. To ensure their survival, the traditional forms were infused with a new musical accompaniment. Capoeira's deadly potential was hidden from the slave-masters by its dance-like elegance, baffling acrobatics, and the engaging rhythms of its music. From its roots the art elaborates a game and fight technique completely original.

For the African slaves, capoeira was a literal and symbolic means of survival. It became a tool of escape and defence, making freedom attainable and affirming strength, self-reliance and self esteem.

Capoeira today, has expanded beyond the borders of Brazil and is growing rapidly in other countries becoming popular in America and Europe. Capoeira appeals to many for many different reasons. First the pure beauty of the art is hypnotic. Capoeira is a dance and a fight. It's not only a combination of gymnastics, dance and martial arts but also music, culture, history and knowledge. The capoeirista must learn to balance the physical with the mental. The capoeirista must play many instruments and sing. The capoeirista may at times be your enemy but is usually a friend. The capoeirista is a historian. The capoeirista is all of these.