What is Capoeira ?
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian Art Form that combines elements of Martial Arts, dance,acrobatics and music.
Practitioners are often well-versed in each of these and teachers will adapt workshops and training to cover some or all these aspects . It was developed by enslaved Africans in Brazil at the beginning of the 16th century.It is known for its acrobatic and complex maneuvers, often involving hands on the ground and inverted kicks.
It emphasises flowing movements rather than fixed stances; the ginga, a rocking step, is usually the focal point of the technique.
The most widely accepted origin of the word capoeira comes from the Tupi words ka'a ("forest") paũ ("round"), referring to the areas of low vegetation in the Brazilian interior where fugitive slaves would hide. A practitioner of the art is called a capoeirista . After the abolition of slavery in Brazil, capoeira was declared illegal at the end of the 19th century. However, by the 1920's, authorities began to relax enforcement on its prohibition, and martial artists began to incorporate capoeira technique into their practices.
By the 1970's, capoeira masters started travelling around the world, helping the art become poeira elerecognised and practiced. On 26 November 2014, capoeira was granted a special protected status as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.