Capoeira

Capoeira is a uniquely Brazilian martial art that was created by African slaves, and evidences a significant amount of indigenous Brazilian influence as well.
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Beachfront CapoeiraIt has been described as a martial art that incorporates a significant amount of musical and dance elements, and is characterized by powerful and complex manouvers, performed at high speed. It is highly theatrical in nature, and capoeira performances have delighted audiences worldwide, who are particularly enthralled with the characteristic wide leg sweeps.

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History
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Capoeira Competition

Copoeira has its roots in the culture of African slavery. The Portuguese, who imported slaves by the hundreds of thousands to work the sugar planatations, dealt extremely harshly with those who attempted to escape, sending armed, mounted colonial agents after them.
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Capoeira equipped runaway slaves to survive the harsh and unforgiving conditions they might face, and soon communities of escaped slaves established settlements in remote conditions called quilombos. Constantly under attack from colonial troops, the capoeira evolved from a survival tool to a fighting style. Portuguese troops found it difficult work to fight against men equipped with these strange new techniques.

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Capoeira Today
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Capoeira today is one of the most visible and vibrant cultural exports of Brazil, with teachers and practicioners in all parts of the world. Many Brazilian capoeira masters have gone abroad to start their own schools, and many capoeira enthusiasts move to Brazil to study with experts and immerse themselves in the language and culture.
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=> Although capoeira had its origins in resistance to slavery, today it is an international point of pride for Brazilians.
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