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The Afro-Brazilian Martial Art

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Books About Capoeira, the acrobatic and spiritual Afro-Brazilian Martial Art, Dance, Fighting Game, and Art Form, practiced to the rhythm of a berimbau, that is gaining popularity all over the world.

Capoeira (Sport in the Global Society, 45)

Capoeir: The History Of An Afro-Brazilian Martial Art
by Matthias Rohrig Assuncao

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art now spreading over the rest of the world, and is the only sport from Brazil that seeks Olympic recognition. Originally the preserve of the underclasses in Brazilian society, capoeira is now practised amongst the middle-classes, and even taught as a sport in schools. The author explores the history of capoeira and explores the conflict between traditionalists, who view capoeira as their heritage descended from the maroons, a weapon to be used against injustice and repression; reformers, who wish to see the spread of the sport internationally; and academics, who are attempting to discover the true history of capoeira as opposed to the myth. --book description

Capoeira: Roots of the Dance-Fight-Game

Capoeira: Roots Of The Dance-Fight-Game
by Nestor Capoeira

Capoeira: Roots of the Dance-Fight-Game covers a broad range of topics -- philosophy, history, training -- related to the increasingly popular martial arts style. The author discusses capoeira's evolution from Brazilian street play into a way of life. The philosophy of capoeira, and the practical and spiritual benefits of that philosophy, are also discussed. Instructions and exercises in intermediate and advanced skills take up where the author's previous book left off. The book includes 100 black-and-white photos and illustrations. --book description

Ring of Liberation: Deceptive Discourse in Brazilian Capoeira

Ring Of Liberation: Deceptive
Discourse In Brazilian Capoeira

by J. Lowell Lewis

Based on eighteen months of intensive participant-observation, Ring of Liberation offers both an in-depth description of capoeira--a complex Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines feats of great strength and athleticism with music and poetry--and a pioneering synthetic approach to the analysis of complex cultural performance. At once game, sport, mock combat, and ritualized performance, it involves two players who dance and "battle" within a ring of musicians and singers. Stunning physical performances combine with music and poetry in a form as expressive in movement as it is in word. J. Lowell Lewis explores the convergence of form and content in capoeira. --book description

Capoeira: The Jogo de Angola from Luanda to Cyberspace (Capoeira)

Capoeira: The Jogo De Angola from Luanda to Cyberspace
by Gerard Taylor

The first in a two-volume series on capoeira, Volume One traces the origins of the popular martial art and dance form from the beginning of the slave trade in the Americas in the 1500s to the early years of the Brazilian Republic in the 20th century. Focusing on the people and events that shaped the art form in Brazil prior to the "academy" period of the last century, Capoeira: The Jogo de Angola from Luanda to Cyberspace explores the subject from many vantage points. Author Gerard Taylor explains how the fighting techniques of African forces laid the groundwork for capoeira movements. He shows how work songs, religion, and various percussive traditions and instruments shaped capoeira music over the years. Drawing on archival sources and historical accounts, the book paints a vivid picture of capoeira’s dramatic evolution from the sugar plantations of Pernambuco through the brutal backstreets of Rio and the Minas Gerais goldmines on its way to becoming a world-class practice. --book description

Learning Capoeira: Lessons in Cunning from an Afro-Brazilian Art

Learning Capoeira:
Lessons In Cunning From an Afro-Brazilian Art

by Greg Downey

Learning Capoeira: Lessons in Cunning from an Afro-Brazilian Art is a provocative look at capoeira, a demanding acrobatic art that combines dance, ritual, music, and fighting style. First created by slaves, freedmen, and gang members, capoeira is a study in contrasts that integrates African-descended rhythms and flowing dance steps with hard lessons from the street. According to veteran teachers, capoeira will transform novices, instilling in them a sense of malicia, or "cunning," and changing how they walk, hear, and interact. Learning Capoeira is an ethnographic study based on author Greg Downey's extensive research about capoeira and more than ten years of apprenticeship. It looks at lessons from traditional capoeira teachers in Salvador, Brazil, capturing the spoken and unspoken ways in which they pass on the art to future generations. Downey explores how bodily training can affect players' perceptions and social interactions, both within the circular roda, the "ring" where the game takes place, as well as outside it, in their daily lives. --book description

Capoeira and Candomble: Conformity And Resistance In Brazil

Capoeira and Candomble
by Floyd Merrell

Capoeira is a unique music-dance-sport-play activity created by African slaves in Brazil, and Candomble‚ is a hybrid religion combining Catholic and African beliefs and practices. The two are closely interconnected. Capoeira and Candomble‚ have for centuries made up a coherent form of Brazilian life, despite having been suppressed by the dominant cultures. Both have apparently familiar elements, but this seeming conformity with the dominant cultures was for 400 years a strategy of resistance by Brazilian slaves. The author offers his own reflections about Capoeira and Candomble, combining personal experiences with anecdotes, historical facts, and research as well as religious and philosophical interpretations, both Western and non-Western. The result is informative and entertaining, a description and analysis that allows readers to get a feeling, understanding, and even experience of the spirit of Capoeira and Candomble. --book description

Capoeira, a Brazilian Art Form: History, Philosophy, and Practice

Capoeira, A Brazilian Art Form:
History, Philosophy, And Practice

by Bira Almeida / Mestre Acordeon

Mestre Acordeon's book has long been praised for its clear writing, for his thoughtful coverage of the history, philosophy, and artistic traditions surrounding this art-form. Other reviewers (see below) have noted that the book was among the first in English to introduce readers to these aspects of Capoeira, while also offering a glimpse into this one mestre's personal and life-long journey.--an Amazon reviewer

Capoeira Conditioning: How to Build Strength, Agility, and Cardiovascular Fitness Using Capoeira Movements

Capoeira Conditioning: How To Build Strength, Agility,
and Cardiovascular Fitness Using Capoeira Movements

by Gerard Taylor

The Little Capoeira Book

The Little Capoeira Book
by Nestor Capoeira

Capoeira is a synthesis of dance and personal defense from Brazil. The Little Capoeira Book presents some of the popular theories of how and why capoeira began and profiles the most famous capoeiristas and their contributions to the art. The book contains diagrams showing various positions and movements and discusses attacking and defending strategies and the critical aspects of feinting. Over 100 photographs and illustrations are included. --book description

A Street-Smart Song: Capoeira Philosophy and Inner Life

A Street-Smart Song: Capoeira
Philosophy and Inner Life
Nestor Capoeira

Capoeira: A Martial Art & Cultural Tradition
children's book for ages 9 - 12
by Jane Atwood

Also See:

Planet Capoeira

Planet Capoeira (Magazine)

Grupo De Capoeira Angola Pelourinho

Capoeira CDs

Basic Techniques of Capoeira-D

Capoeira Instruction DVDs

Jiu-Jitsu DVDs

Books: Gracie Family (Jiu-Jitsu)

Capoeira Index

The Brazilian Sound (U.S. Edition)

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