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Capoeira was born out of a struggle for freedom, created in Brazil more than 500 years ago by African slaves.
A group of slaves who had escaped to the jungle refined the martial art that some believed is connected to an Angolan mating ritual.
The escaped people stayed in the jungle for a century, and often raided plantations to free other slaves using capoeira, Bergquist said. The group was later captured, but capoeira remained among the slaves.
In those days, the recaptured slaves were allowed to keep their drums, said Cheri Costa, an instructor at the Academy of Capoeira Volta Ao Mundo in Sarasota.
They were able to mask the martial arts with music and acrobatic movements dictated by the beat of a berimbau.
"This allowed them to practice in front of the slave masters," Costa said.
The capoeiristas, mostly men, even devised beats that would alert them that the plantation owners were coming.
"When they see the slave masters coming, they actually have rhythms for that. They played slow and flowy and made it look like a dance," Costa said.
The history of capoeira is mostly an oral one, she said. When slavery was abolished in Brazil in the late 1880s, records about it were also burned. But capoeira continued to flourish and remained illegal, commonly associated with crime.
It was only until the 1930s that capoeira became legalized in Brazil, with the creation of the first capoeira academy in Salvador, Bahia, Costa said."
Further along in the article there is this interesting part: "There's Whitley, called Gotinha, or a tiny drop of water, because of her size. And Zumbi, or Andre MONIX, a slender boy who reminded Bergquist of the African king who ruled the freed slaves in the jungle."
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