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capoeira

n. A martial art developed in Brazil.

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Capoeira

Capoeira (; ) is a Brazilian martial art with its roots originating in Angola and the Congo, that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music, and is usually referred to as a game. It was developed in Brazil mainly by West Africans, beginning in the 16th century. It is known for quick and complex moves, using mainly power, speed, and leverage for a wide variety of kicks, spins, and highly mobile techniques.

The most widely accepted origin of the word capoeira comes from the Tupi words ka'a ("jungle") e pûer ("it was"), referring to the areas of low vegetation in the Brazilian interior where fugitive slaves would hide. Practitioners of the art are called capoeiristas.

On 26 November 2014 capoeira was granted a special protected status as "intangible cultural heritage" by UNESCO.

Usage examples of "capoeira".

The simple rhythms produced were part and parcel of the acrobatic African/South American martial art of Capoeira that Roberta Santos-a black, Brazilian master of the dance who bore the title of   Capoeirista Mestre-practiced for hours every day.

Kamal led the sultry capoeira fight dance that had the slow, controlled rhythms of Tai Chi combined with a mixture of kickboxing and karate.

Damali said very distinctly, issuing a long look to each bemused capoeira participant.

Joao felt his arm go numb, but fell back instinctively into the stance of the capoeira, the Brazilian judo.

  Joao felt his arm go numb, but fell back instinctively into the stance of the capoeira, the Brazilian judo.

The simple rhythms produced were part and parcel of the acrobatic African/South American martial art of Capoeira that Roberta Santos-a black, Brazilian master of the dance who bore the title of Capoeirista Mestre-practiced for hours every day.