History of Capoeira
Capoeira is an art-form, part of the Brazilian culture, a dynamic fusion of martial art, dance, music and sport. It developed amongst African slaves, forced to work on the plantations of Brazil by the Europeans during the x centuries. With roots in the warrior dances of African tribal culture, a martial art was developed called “capoeira” after the clearings in the bush where they would practice, often disguised before the slave owners as a harmless form of dancing and joking around.
Capoeira was used to escape from slavery and later to defend the free communities established in the backlands of Brazil. Slavery was officially abolished in 1888, but Capoeira endured many more years of oppression from government and police before it was legalised in 1937.
Today Capoeira is a integral part of the national culture and is gaining worldwide recognition and popularity.
Capoeira is famous for its displays of acrobatic skill and fast martial sequences. This is the Capoeira Regional of Mestre Bimba, created in the 1950s, which spread quickly across Brazil and caught the attention of the world’s media.
But behind this there is a depth of culture- of movement, music, ritual and philosophy, which initially got left behind but is now coming strongly back into Capoeira practice.
This is Capoeira Angola, the Capoeira which keeps its connection with the experience of past generations. Mestre Pastinha was the Master most famous for preserving the culture of Capoeira, in all its richness.
Capoeira continues to evolve with the experiences and inspirations of contemporary Masters.