Capoeira is a martial art, or fighting style that has its roots in Brazil. It was once thought be a dance, but it turns out that the dance like nature of the moves of Capoeira, were just a show to prevent the slave-masters in the new world from learning that the inhabitants were actually training themselves to rise up and fight for their freedom.
The Brazilians are a proud people, with a rich cultural heritage which they make sure to preserve wherever they go throughout the world. The sacred art of Capoeira is no exception to this rule, and now schools have been opened up throughout the entire world (Mundo in Portuguese), and people of every nation, color, and creed are discovering this beautiful and timeless art.
Some students choose to learn the move set just as a form of exercise, others really dive into the artistic ‘dance’ element, and incorporate the moves into their performance art. Yet some others train in serious combat, and compete against masters of other martial arts such as Karate, Judo, BJJ, Tae Kwon Do, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, and countless more.
It’s important to stay humble when pursuing the knowledge of any kind of fighting style, and to make sure that you are never using what you’ve learned to harm another human being. These arts are for self-defense and self betterment only, and to elevate people and cultures, not to damage or degrade any others.
Capoeira is also a very sensuous art, and many practitioners have fully transitioned into incorporating many of the positions into their personal love-making sessions. This is of course not something that is openly practiced in public Capoeira schools throughout the world, but the community that employs this dance-fighting is a very non judgemental one and will usually say ‘to each their own’ when it comes to these unorthodox and sometimes controversial expressions of the original style.
For someone who has never seen Capoeira, they will often be amazed by the seemingly superhuman mobility of the fighters. This is why a great many of the dojos throughout the realm have begun to hold open exhibitions to present the exotic dance to the public masses who for the most part have not been exposed to this cultural curiosity.