What is Capoeira?

Capoeirais a unique martial art developed in the 16th century by Brazilian immigrants of Africa that contains stunts, dance and music.

Participants danced in pairs of rhythms, but dance moves combined with a large number of martial arts moves such as side kick, spin kick, and upside down were considered to have a very strong fighting purpose.

Although it has existed for centuries, it was not until the 1930s that Capoeira was formally allowed to circulate among civilians. Since this dance originated in Africa but incorporated a considerable degree of the cultural identity of Brazilian indigenous peoples, It is therefore considered one of the most important indigenous cultural symbols and technologies in Brazil.

History of Capoeira

In the 16th century, the Portuguese imported a large number of black slaves into South America from West Africa, while the shipments to Brazil accounted for about 42% of the migrants. Among those sent to Brazil, the Bantu tribes from Angola, the Congo and Mozambique occupy an important proportion. These new immigrants from Africa bring the religious and cultural traditions of their homeland to the New World but many can not be held in flagrant light because of the deliberate suppression by their owners in Portugal. There are arguments that Capoeira was born in this environment - slaves ostensibly performed the dance as a ritual of faith, but secretly used it to practice martial arts so that one day they could be used against the slavery of their master. The assertion that Capoeira was originated from the control of these black slaves in Africa who flee them briefly from their homes in Portugal (the Netherlands invaded Brazil between 1624 and 1630, causing many Brazilian farms or cane gardens to shut down and large numbers of slaves to flee into neighboring forest areas ) Colonized the forest hideouts in a tribal pattern and began to practice the development of a bare-handed martial arts that would defeat the Portuguese attack.