Capoeira – The Forbidden Game
Lots of foreigners that come to Rio and Brazil want to play Capoeira. On this page, we have put together some info on where you can practice and also where you can buy those pants and instruments. At the bottom, we have some Capoeira videos.
History of Capoeira
Capoeira was actually developed by the many slaves that where brought to Brazil from Africa. Some scholars will say that it’s purely African, whilst others would argue it’s based on an already existing Indian game or point out some European influences. With the emancipation of the slaves in the 19th century, Capoeira became associated with the new – semi-legal at times –communities and then was made illegal. It kept on being practiced, but in hidden locations. A curiosity is that the nicknames that were used to hide the identities of the practioners from the police are still in use today. Eventually, after being more and more socially accepted, Capoeira was made legal in 1958.
You can’t talk about Capoeira without mentioning Mestre Bimba. In 1937, he founded the first Capoeira academy in Brazil and in the end, managed to take it from the slums to all Brazilians. Many people think that the art of self defence was always hidden in the moves (that’s why it got prohibited), so Mestre Bimba made this clearly visible. He founded a new style called regional, which is faster, more spectacular and includes more clear martial arts. As a counter movement, Mestre Pastinha founded the Angola style, which preserved the old traditional style. Capoeira grew in popularity around the world in the 1990’s and the style that is most common today is still Mestre Bimba’s version.
All About Capoeira
If you would like to learn Capoeira from A to Z – history, moves, groups, videos, music, interviews etc., please visit Capoeira-World.com
If you click Capoeira Videos you will come to a page with clips of it all in action.
The music plays an integral role in the rituals and the performances. We have explained all this in more detail on the page Capoeira Music. You’ll also find some clips with example music there.
Academies in Rio
If you want to attend classes here in Rio, where should you go? All of this you find by clicking Capoeira Classes. It has descriptions of each academy.
If you want to know more and see some different moves that are used in Capoeira, just go to capoierascience.com. It’s an excellent website with lots of moves, descriptions and illustrative video clips.
Buying Capoeira Clothes & Instruments
To finish off, we will give you some advice on where it’s the best places to buy those pants or other garment as well as instruments. Click Where to Buy Capoeira Pants to get there.