Brazilian Capoeira Dance: Dance as the Art of Wrestling

Brazil is a country of carnival, clean beaches, warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Capoeira. What do you know about capoeira? 

Yes, many people think that capoeira is a dance. However, the history of Capoeira goes deep into the roots of Brazilian history. Today in this article we will learn all about the secrets of Capoeira.

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Is Capoeira a Dance or a Combat Sport?

Well, what other national sport can there be in the country of carnivals, fun and eternal dancing? Of course, it should be such that it combines all this in itself. Capoeira or capoeira, as we are more accustomed to pronounce, is the national Brazilian martial art, which includes national music, dancing, acrobatics and elements of the game.

It is still not known for sure where and when capoeira was born, but we will tell you the most common version, which says that this sport was brought to Brazil by slaves from Africa in the 17th and 18th century.

So far, the story is like this, because there are no documents covering the existence of capoeira before.

Capoeira Now vs Then

Now capoeira is perceived more as a dance with elements of a fight between two people. But earlier, under the cover of dancing, escaped slaves trained their fighting skills, while then she was much tougher and more aggressive, sometimes even with the use of cold weapons. Native slaveholders looked at these dances and dances, not even guessing what the slaves were actually doing. 

The music and singing accompanying the fight were also not for nothing, often certain sounds carried information, for example, that the opponent had a knife or other weapon, or that a looker was coming. And if there was a spectator, then the wrestlers were enclosed in a circle and began to dance all at once to hide the fight that was taking place. The slaves were oh so not stupid and thought through everything to the smallest detail, even the musical instrument berimbau, the sounds of which accompanied the battle, could easily turn into a weapon with a slight movement of the hand, and there is already someone and much, either it’s just a stick or with a blade.

Capoeira as a Tradition

Another of the traditional functions performed by the capoeira dance was the demonstration of a young man in front of the tribe that it was time to transfer him to the status of a man or just show off in front of the fair sex. At the moment of the dance timechi, they demonstrated their fighting skills, endurance and agility. Well, to the heap, it was also the usual festive dances.

When slavery was abolished in 1888, as in modern times, this freedom was only on paper, all the Capoeira fighters turned to crime and became killers or someone’s guards. Thanks to this, the martial art was banned, and those who disobeyed and continued to practice capoeira were imprisoned

Time has passed and the dangerous dance has been legalized, for this we can say thanks to two masters, Bimba and Pastinho apsession.