Capoeira is simultaneously a dance, a fight, and a game. Created by the Africans brought to Brazil as slaves beginning in 1500, capoeira was forbidden by law but survived underground. When open practice was allowed in the 1930s it soon became very popular. Capoeira came to America around 1975, and has become widely recognized by dancers and martial artists. The author discusses capoeira's evolution from Brazilian street play into a way of life. The philosophy of capoeira, and the practical and spiritual benefits of this philosophy, are also discussed. Instructions and exercises in intermediate and advanced skills take up where the author's previous book left off. The book includes 100 black-and-white photos and illustrations.
About the Author
Nestor Capoeira, a man of great humor and insight, is a mestre and long-time teacher of capoeira and the author of "The Little Capoeira Book," an all-time favorite training manual, and "Capoeira: Roots of the Dance-Fight-Game," a classic historical and cultural examination of capoeira.