Capoeira é uma arte, capoeira é uma luta
Capoeira is an art, capoeira is a fight
Capoeira é o ballet que veio lá da bahia
Capoeira is a ballet that came from Bahia
Capoeira is many things: it combines the excitement and energy of music, dancing, fighting, gravity defying acrobatics and feats of strength and flexibility. It is a 400-year old Brazilian martial art born out of oppression and slavery whereby slaves had to disguise their training as recreational song and dance. Capoeira has played an important part in shaping the culture of Brazil, and its birthplace has long been reputed to be in the Brazilian region of Bahia.