During the early
1500's Brazil received more Africans salves than any other place in the
world. These slaves came from many different nations/tribes in Africa.
Once they landed in Brazilian
soil, the slaves mourned the loss of their freedom and the demise of so many family and friends. Using the skill and
knowledge learned from mother Africa the slaves
did not surrender easily, they fought vigorously to keep their
freedom. And in this new land they had sons and daughters, who were
now children of Brazil...
While we still train and practice this ancient art form,
capoeira does not look as it did when the slaves were doing it.
the beginning, capoeira was a way for the slaves to defend
themselves while trying to escape in to the jungles of Brazil. With
time, the late 1700's to the early 1900's, when free and fugitive
slaves migrated to the main cities of Brazil, capoeira passed
through an urbanization process. Over time capoeira has
incorporated culture, music, acrobatics and dance becoming much
more than just a form of self-defense.
Capoeira began its international journey during the 1970's when two important Mestres (Masters) Jelon Vieira and Acordeon went to live the US and share capoeira. Around the same time the capoeira group "Senzala" took their performance to Europe. As a result of these and many others pioneers of culture the art of capoeira has maintained its primitive roots while growing with a contemporary vision.
A true form of self-expresion, today capoeira attracts people from all walks of life.