Capoeira (Pronounced ka-poo-eyh-da) is an African-Brazilian martial art that incorporates acrobatics, dance, music, and songs in a rhythmic dialogue of body, mind, and spirit. It is a communal game in which two opponents play each other inside the roda (circle), formed by the other players who create rhythm for the game by clapping, singing and playing the berimbaus (African-Brazilian traditional instruments, considered the soul of Capoeira) and other instruments. The two opponents compete with each other using capoeira movements, camouflaging self-defense kicks and moves with playful acrobatics and dance-like motions spontaneously creating strategy to fool their partner and catch them off guard.
“Capoeira is a dancer’s fight…It is a gladiator dance…It is a duel of comrades…It is a game, it is a dance, it is a dispute – a perfect symbiosis of force and rhythm, poetry and agility, the only art form where the movements are commanded by music and singing. The submission of the force to the rhythm. From the violence to the melody. The subliming of the antagonisms…”
~ Dias Gomes