Martial Arts - Capoeira
Unlike many 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 Capoeira was originally created over 400 years ago in Brazil by the African slaves. This martial art is unlike many 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
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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