What is Capoeira?
Capoeira is a form of Brazilian martial arts that is an amalgamation of acrobatics, potato dance, and music. It was developed primarily by African descendants with a marked influence of native Brazilian culture. Capoeira is known for its complex and uick moves, which involve speed, leverage, and power to impart a large variety of spins, kicks, and other extremely mobile techniues. Capoeira in self!defense includes a number of low moves and sweeps, but as a sport it is marked by acrobatics demonstrations and high moves. "articipants perform au or full cartwheels and flips for the entertainment of the audience. #he word $Capoeira% is believed to come from the #upi language. If refers to low vegetation areas in Brazil where the techniues were made and perfected. It was invented by descendants of African slaves who disguised it as a dance form to avoid detection that they were learning how to fight from the eyes of their colonial masters. Capoeira is always accompanied by the berimbau music of Brazil.
Capoeira as a martial art
Capoeira is known as a versatile and fast martial method which focuses on fighting a technologically superior opponent or multiple opponents.#he ginga is a basic Capoeira movement vital for both defense and attack aims. It has two primary ob&ectives' it keeps practitioners (or capoeirista) in a state of perpetual motion, making them an extremely hard target, and, by using feints and fakes, to fool, mislead and trick the opponent to open up a window for an attack or counter!attack. In Capoeira, attacks are done when an opportunity arises. Attacks should be decisive, like a kick in an important body part or the face. A take down is much desired. *a&ority of the Capoeira attacks are done with the legs, like swinging or direct kicks and strikes in the knees. A very important counter!attack techniue is the head strike. "unches, strikes in the elbow, and other kinds of take downs together make up the main list. #he Capoeira defense uses non!resistance as its main principle. Attacks are avoided by evading instead of blocking. #he practitioner should block only if avoidance or esuiva is impossible. #his kind of combat allows for unpredictable and swift counter!attacks, to be able to face an armed opponent empty!handed and also when facing multiple adversaries. Capoeira fighters perform a seuence of acrobatics and rolls to swiftly regain balance and to get over a take down. #hey can position around the attacker to prepare for an attack. It is this mix of mobility, defense, and attacks that gives Capoeira its choreography like style and fluid movement.
Styles of Capoeira
+ue to a lack of consistency or parity in capoeira and the lack of a standard teaching method, determining various styles of Capoeira is a difficult task however, the following styles are widely recognized'