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Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art developed
initially by African slaves in Brazil, starting in the colonial period.
Some people believe that capoeira was created in Africa. They say that
capoeira originated in Nigerian tribes where they fought with music and
the winner won a partner, usually female. Participants form a roda
(circle) and take turns playing instruments, singing, and sparring in
pairs in the centre of the circle. The game is marked by fluid acrobatic
play, feints, subterfuge, and extensive use of groundwork, as well as
sweeps, kicks, and headbutts. Technique and strategy are the key
elements to playing a good game. Capoeira has two main styles, known as
"regional" and "Angola."
History of Capoeira
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