A Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. It has roots dating back to the 1600s and, as with many martial arts, was developed as a tool of defense and combat among colonial slaves. Capoeira practitioners were jailed up until the early 1900s when it gained recognition as a valuable part of Brazilian cultural heritage and began incorporating exhibitional, non-combat elements.
Recognizable for its quick, complex kicks and spins Capoeira requires a great deal of power, speed, flexibility and body awareness. Unlike karate, Capoeira combines dance, aerobics and traditional martial arts. It gains its dance like style from constant fluidity and acrobatics were traditionally used to evade attack. It was said to influence American style breakdancing in the 1970s
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Check-out the beautiful Capoeira demonstrations in the videos for both these popular songs.
The Obvious Child, Paul Simon
Mas Que Nada, Black Eyed Peas