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Martial Arts - Capoeira

Unlike any of the other martial arts anywhere in the world, Capoeira possesses a blend of power, beauty, mental balance, physical power, music, and a sense of art and finesse.

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The martial art of CapoeiraGungfu Advanced Capoeira with Master Sergipe - DVD was originally created over 400 years ago in Brazil by the African slaves. This martial art is unlike any of the other martial arts anywhere else in the world, and combines a blend of power, beauty, mental balance, physical power, music, and an overwhelming sense of art and style.

From its creation, Capoeira has proven to the world that it can be practiced by anyone, regardless of size, weight, or age. The style is really more than simply a martial art, but is also a social event that is rich in tradition and history. That having been said, Capoeira is a truly powerful martial art...a collaboration of music, dance, and exotic movements - and even a game.

Those who witness these Capoeira games will note the music.

Both the music and the lyrics play a big part in the way that the game (known as jogo) is conducted. For the players, there are several different rhythms that call for different speeds.  When watching the game played, spectators are often in awe from the movements.  The jogo consists of a circle, with the players in the middle and the musicians at a nominal "foot" of the circle.

Players that enter the game will launch themselves into the circle with an acrobatic move, such as a spring, cartwheel, or other type of visually stunning movement. Upon entering the circle, players will complete back and forth with various combinations of poetic movements and breathtaking aerial displays.  It takes years of practice and hard work to become great at the jogo, as it requires precision, fast movement, and flawless application of the Capoeira techniques.

From a defensive standpoint, Capoeira is flashy, very creative, and also very useful, as the techniques seem to come out of nowhere and can be very hard to defend against.  The opponent or attacker has no clue what to expect from the student.  The Capoeira student defends himself through the use of dancing movements and acrobatic techniques, executing perfect movements that up until Capoeira were only dreamt of.  

A determined and well trained Capeira stylist could be a very dangerous opponent in 
MMA style close quarters combat.

Capoeira and the jogo game are really big in Brazil, with hundreds of students learning the martial art.  It isn't one of the most popular martial arts in the United States, however, although it is offered here. In South America, on the other hand, it is more of a lifestyle, with jogo games being played on a daily basis. A lot of martial arts students don't want to learn Capoeira for the simple fact that the movements can be a bit of a risk. Once you see how the style is performed, it can make you cringe at the effort and agility of the practitioners.

Over the last couple of decades, the art has grown a lot.  In 1974, the art of Capoeira became the national sport of Brazil, proving that just about everyone in Brazil had accepted it.  As time continues to pass, you can count on more and more competitions and dojos to surface - introducing this truly excellent martial art to newer generations.

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