Capoeira

Unlike most other martial arts, capoeira is a combination of kicks, acrobatics, gymnastics, and music accompanied with slick dance moves. Calisthenics plays a huge role in the muscle and strength development for most capoeiristas, the term used for individuals that practice the art. Most capoeiristas are shredded with hardly any body fat, and the majority are great dancers. African slaves developed the art when they were brought to Brazil back in the 16th century. Slave owners thought the slaves were just dancing when in fact they were training and polishing their techniques. To this day capoeira is widely known and loved throughout all of Brasil. Presently, most masters and practitioners of the art are born natives from Brasil. I’ve personally had the opportunity to train with a Brazilian woman who shared with me a few of the hidden techniques. Capoeira has many spinning attacks backed with speed and momentum elevating the impact from each strike. Many of the attacks are hidden with dance-like movements, and are only seen by the adversary right before impact. There is always constant motion with very fluid attacks which makes the art tricky to defend. Although capoeira is not a common art presently used in combat sports, it is still a lethal force held in the highest regard by the MMA community.

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