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Capoeira


Early capoeira.

Early capoeira.

Capoeira is a combination of African and Brazilian martial arts and it is said that it cannot exist without black men but its birthplace is Brazil.  It was first born in the Brazilian sugar cane plantations in the early 16th century, when slaves shipped from West Africa started to practice fighting and self defense. It has a dark history including slavery, oppression and war.

I was watching a video on YouTube and it seemed like a peaceful ritual of some sort, people were playing drums and singing, and in the middle of the circle there are people dancing softly but swiftly. What if behind those soft movements, which look like peaceful ritual dancing, lays a lethal form of martial art?

Two students praticing at the Brazilian Embassy here in Guyana. o um one more thing this pic was stolen (i know ..i know ).

Two students praticing at the Brazilian Embassy here in Guyana. o um one more thing this pic was stolen (i know ..i know ).

 

 

Nevertheless, it is becoming popular in Guyana, a few months ago I saw three guys rehearsing in the Botanical Gardens and despite the fact that it was banned in Brazil, not long ago I found out that it is being thought at the Brazilian Embassy here and that Guyanese youths are learning the peaceful way of fighting (contemporary capoeira).