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Capoeira Is Pretty Much The Most Badass Martial Art Ever

If you don't know, now you know!

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But it's SO much more, and you've actually already seen it.


Back then, slaves weren't allowed to fight so they added music and movement to trick their masters into thinking they were dancing.

So capoeristas had to keep a very low profile; they gave each other nicknames so as to keep their true identities a secret.

That way, if a group was caught fighting, they wouldn't be able to give up the names of others involved even if they wanted to. The tradition of giving out nicknames is still an active part of Capoeira.

The prohibition lasted until the 1930s, and then it went on to become one of the most popular martial arts both in Brazil and abroad.

Mestre Bimba, the father of capoeira and founder of the first capoeira school in all of Brazil, was essential in fighting for the legality of the martial art.

Capoeira is the only martial art that requires live music.


So you get to play instruments you never imagined existed.


This is a berimbau.

You can learn how to flip like these guys:


And sometimes you even get to fight with machetes.

Flickr: alper

In the style of capoeira called "maculele," players engage each other with wooden sticks; the more advanced trade in their sticks for machetes.

This. Is. Capoeira.


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