Capoeira: is a Brazilian art form that combines elements of fight, acrobatics, music, dance and rituals in a very elegant and magnetic way. It was created in Brazil mainly by descendants of African slaves with Brazilian native influences, probably beginning in the 16th century. It is known by quick and complex moves, using mainly power kicks and quick leg sweeps, with some ground and aerial acrobatics, knee strikes, take-downs, elbow strikes, punches and headbutts. Although there are few official history records, it is known that Capoeira was created nearly 500 years ago in Brazil by African slaves (mainly from Angola) were they started inventing fighting techniques for self-defense. To cover their inside combats from their prisoners, the African slaves used their traditional music, singing and dancing. Performed by two people, it is often called a “game” that is played, not fought. Capoeira is always played with a smile on face symbolizing that the capoeiristas are not afraid from the danger that is coming. Thus, the Capoeira continued its development and soon became not only for self-defense but for rebellion.
I captured some shots of practice at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during the African Arts festival.