Capoeira is a unique Brazilian martial art.
It was created in colonial Brazil by African slaves and Brazilian indigenous people. They had to fight for freedom and were forbidden from carrying weapons, so they resorted to using their bodies as fighting tools against their armed captors.
Having developed a series of fatal moves, they cunningly used music and song to disguise their preparations to fight.
The element of disguise, which has become an integral part of capoeira, have throughout the centuries helped to distinguish the art from other forms of martial art combat. The unmistakeable rhythms of the Berimbau and the beauty of acrobatic moves have awed every continent, and contributed to Capoeira’s great popularity.
Capoeira’s uniqueness stems from a productive rather than destructive energy, which aims to encourage its players to work together rather than against each other. On its deepest level, capoeira transcends the physical limitations of other art forms. It provides a philosophical framework for interaction with the world at large and challenges its players physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
The only way for you to understand it better is to experience it!