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Capoeira , Brazil

A mix between martial arts and acrobatic dance, it has become a national sport in Brazil

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By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

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Capoeira, a sport that is somewhere between martial arts and acrobatic dance, is regularly practised in the Salvador Mercado Modelo. Dressed in striped trousers, the dancers form extremely complex figures require considerable suppleness and very good self control. Initially, Capoeira was practised in secret by slaves who wanted to form combat troops to encourage unrest. Capoeira soon enough became a very popular sport worldwide.

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Capoeira , Complex movements , Brazil
Complex movements

Clad with striped trousers, the dancers do cartwheels, balancing exercises, and perform perilous leaps.

Capoeira , Salvador de Bahia , Brazil
Salvador de Bahia

Capoeira is practiced regularly at the Mercado Modelo in Salvador de Bahia.

Capoeira , A form of dance, a martial art , Brazil
A form of dance, a martial art

Capoeira was originally practised in secret by slaves who wanted to form combat troops to encourage unrest.

Capoeira , Brazil
Capoeira , Brazil
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