16 Facts About Capoeira


Capoeira is a Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, dance, acrobatics, music and spirituality.

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However, in the early 1930s, Mestre Bimba created a form of Capoeira that held back on its spiritual elements and incorporated elements of jiu jitsu, gymnastics and sports.

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Capoeira originated within as a product of the Angolan tradition of "Engolo" but became applied as a method of survival that was known to slaves.

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Capoeira's work was very well received, and he taught capoeira to the cultural elite of the city.

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Capoeira is an active exporter of Brazilian culture all over the world.

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In 2014 the Capoeira Circle was added to UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the convention recognised that the "capoeira circle is a place where knowledge and skills are learned by observation and imitation" and that it "promotes social integration and the memory of resistance to historical oppression".

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Capoeira is a fast and versatile martial art that is historically focused on fighting outnumbered or in technological disadvantage.

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Ideal of Capoeira Angola is to maintain capoeira as close to its roots as possible.

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Typical music bateria formation in a roda of Capoeira Angola is three berimbaus, two pandeiros, one atabaque, one agogo and one ganzua.

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Capoeira Regional began to take form in the 1920s, when Mestre Bimba met his future student, Jose Cisnando Lima.

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The most usual is the system of the Confederacao Brasileira de Capoeira, which adopts ropes using the colors of the Brazilian flag, green, yellow, blue and white.

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However, the Confederacao Brasileira de Capoeira is not widely accepted as the capoeira's main representative.

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Capoeira is currently being used as a tool in sports development to promote psychosocial wellbeing in various youth projects around the world.

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Capoeira4Refugees is a UK-based NGO working with youth in conflict zones in the Middle East.

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Capoeira for Peace is a project based in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Capoeira Maculele has social projects promoting cultural arts for wellness in Colombia, Angola, Brazil, Argentina, USA among others.

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