Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. It was developed in Brazil mainly by African descendants with native Brazilian influences, probably beginning in the 16th century. Capoeira used in genuine self-defense situations incorporating many sweeps and low moves. demonstrations of acrobatics, full cartwheels for evasion, and flips or other exotic techniques.
The dance was incorporated to avoid detection and corporal punishments. If slaves were caught practicing fighting techniques, they could be punished or executed. With music and rhythmic moves, they raised no suspicion of escape attempts.
BASIC CAPOEIRA MOVEMENTS: ESQUIVA, ROLE, BENCAO, MEIA LUA DE FRENTE, MARTELO, QUEIXADA, ARMADA, MEIA LUA DE COMPASSO, MACACO, AU ROLE, MEIA LUA SOLTA, CHIBATA PRESA, QUEBRADA, CHIBATA SOLTA, CHAPA, PIAO DE MAO, VINGATIVA, BANDA TRANCADA, BANDA DE FRENTE and RASTEIRA.