Capoeira - Afro-Brazilian culture
Today I’m writing about Capoeira, but, what is Capoeira? Capoeira is a combination of dance, ritual and martial arts that it was developed by an African slaves in Brazil the 16th century and nowadays represent an Afro-Brazilian culture. Because of this, Capueira is taught in Brazil by Physical Education classes in the universities.
Capoeira was brought to Brazil by captured slaves from Angola. In this foreign land the Angolan people developed their practice into a method of defending themselves against their violent overlords and emerged as a way to resist oppression, secretly practice art, transmit culture, and lift spirits.
The slaves practiced to fight, concealing it with a apparently happy dance routine. This explains why today's Capoeira appears to be a mix of both fighting techniques and artful dance.
The ritual game begins with two players squatting in a circle, or roda, of spectators take turns playing instruments, singing while the players sparring in the center of the circle. The players feints, and extensive use of groundwork, as well as sweeps, kicks, and headbutts and both players must avoid those attacks.
The music is composed of instruments, berimbau and atabaque, and song and it sets the style of game that fast is to be played within the circle (in Portuguese roda).
Some songs are about history or stories of famous capoeiristas. Other songs attempt to inspire players to play better. Some songs are about what is going on within the roda. Sometimes the songs are about life, or love lost. Capoeiristas (Person who practise Capueira) change their playing style significantly as the songs or rhythm from the berimbau commands.
The musician at the berimbau then picks up the song as the players move to the center of the circle. The lead berimbauist is the Mestre, or master of the capoeira game. The roda chants, sings, and drums under the direction of the Mestre.
A player may also improvise his movements according to the musical commentary the Mestre gives to his performance. The Mestre in turn may play music that reflects the players' attitudes, reactions and strategies.
The goal of the game (in Portuguese jogo), is to catch the opponent off-guard using guile, technique and gymnastics. Players can fake each other out using rapid kicks, cartwheels, handstands, leg sweeps, flips, jabs, dodges, and turns. The base movement, and the one most often used by beginners, is a side-to-side motion in a semi squat down stance called ginga.
I’ve practiced a long time ago for 6 months and is very good sport and exited during the game. It’s impossible not incorporate soul of the game because the player want to do more and more ginga, kicks and make the fluid acrobatic.
In the you tube the readers can put key search “Capoeira ( Cara Bom )” to see a good “roda de capoeira” another key search is “Capoeira Malandragem - Ass Kickers” this a Capoeirista give some explain in english about Capoeira and show the typical Roda de Capoeira.
There is a famous Mestre (Master) de Capoeira in Rio de Janeiro called Mestre Camisa Branca and the readers can use this to see good videos at You Tube.
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