About Capoeira

 What is Capoeira?

Capoeira, the only martial art indigenous to South America, was developed by African Slaves in Brazil in the 1600’s. It became a strong weapon in the life and death struggle against their oppressors. When the slave owners realized the power and intention of Capoeira, they began to punish those who practiced it, sometimes with death. The slaves learned to camouflage the forbidden fight with singing and clapping as though it were simply entertainment. The fight was disguised behind the dance – a dance that could be as graceful as a panther and as treacherous as a snake. The forefathers of Capoeira, with their good will and love for the art, were able to transcend this art form from being forbidden by law into Brazil’s national sport. They opened the first schools and helped the Capoeira tree grow, spreading its branches across the world.