Capoeira is the national martial art of Brazil. Its origins lie in Angola, where its ancestor was a type of ritual dance. The martial art's development began after 1530, when the first Angolan slaves were brought into Brazil; many of them escaped to live in free communities. Capoeira was the fighting style they developed to resist attacks by government forces. It was banned in 1707, and "went underground" when its practitioners converted it into a dance form, disguising its combat effectiveness.

Among the art's unusual features are its dance-like footwork and the acrobatic prowess of the practitioners. For many maneuvers, practitioners (called capoeiras or capoeiristas) will stand on their hands and attack with powerful kicks. One reason that this aspect of the art arose was that it allowed capoeiristas to fight while their hands were manacled; therefore, the art requires that its practitioners take the Acro batics Skill. Another example of this acrobatic skill is the use of the au, or cartwheel, to move across the field of combat.

Capoeiristas also added razor-fighting techniques to their repertoire, so the art includes a Weapon Familiarity with razors. None of the listed maneuvers add CV or damage bonuses to razor attacks, however, so this is considered just an additional skill, not a Weapons Element.

Capoeira is practiced to the accompaniment of musical instruments, including the musical bow, drums, bells, and tambourines, so skill with those instruments is included among the skills for the style.

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Martial Arts An Introduction

Martial Arts An Introduction

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