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Capoeira is one of the most exciting martial arts in Brazil The African slaves in Brazil created Capoeira hundreds of years ago to rebel against their Brazilian slave masters Capoeira is considered an art form because it is used as for playing fighting acrobatics dancing music theater ritual and philosophy These elements make Capoeira so different than any other type of martial art African men also used Capoeira as a way to prepare for war thousands of years ago but it is now practiced as a dance without any type of physical contact There are two types of Capoeira one is Angola and the other is Senzala Angola is the traditional form of Capoeira and one the hardest forms to learn because the movements are slower requiring a lot of strength there is also an emphasis on religion with Angola praise is always given to the spirits Angola is played to slow music so that the performer can be deliberately and careful to his opponent but Angola is more to the ground imitating movements of the snake rather than the acrobatic for Senzala which imitates movements of the scorpion and the monkey Senzala is more effective for fighting however with its fancy kicks and acrobatics involved and less emphasis on religion it is the more aggressive form used by capoeristas today The music for Senzala is played quickly the capoeristas who practice Capoeira move to the rhythm of the songs Senzala was developed in the 1960s by a group of capoeiristas people who practice Capoeira in Brazil In Capoeira the movement starts in a circle with two players called a roda The game begins after both players pay their respects to each other and their spirits by making a sign of the cross similar to the catholic religion This shows the strength of their spirits and the player will then be able to defend himself cause he is spiritually protected The players beginning
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