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Capoeira original pen and ink and watercolour illustration by Rosie Brooks

Capoeira original pen and ink and watercolour illustration by Rosie Brooks

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Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. It was developed by enslaved Africans in Brazil during the colonial era, as a way to resist oppression and maintain their cultural identity. Capoeira is characterized by its fluid, circular movements, and its emphasis on using both physical and mental agility to outmaneuver opponents.

Capoeira is often played in a "roda," or circle, with two practitioners taking turns performing movements and attacks while the other players sing and play musical instruments such as the berimbau, atabaque, and pandeiro. The songs, which are sung in Portuguese, often have a historical or cultural significance and are an important part of the capoeira tradition.

In modern times, capoeira has gained popularity as a form of fitness and cultural expression, and is practiced by people of all ages and backgrounds around the world. It has also been recognized as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO.

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