Calinda

Calinda is martial art, as well as kind of folk music and dance in the Caribbean which arose in the 1720s. Calinda is the French spelling, and the Spanish equivalent is calenda; it is a kind of stick-fighting dance tradition commonly seen practiced during Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago. Though it is more commonly practiced as a dance because of the violent outcome of stick fighting,...

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Vale Tudo

Vale Tudo (Portuguese for anything goes – vale – “is allowed”, tudo – “everything”) describes competitions in unarmed combat having minimal rules. It is sometimes considered a combat sport. In Brazil, the term vale tudo was first associated with booth fighting done in Brazilian circuses during the 1920s. Originating in Brazil, Vale Tudo is portugese...

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Maculele

Maculele is an Afro Brazilian dance where a number of people gather in a circle called a roda with one or more atabaques positioned at the entrance of the circle. Each person brandishes a pair of long sticks, traditionally made from biriba wood from Brazil. The sticks, called grimas, traditionally measure 24 inches long by 1 and 1/8 inch thick. As the Maculele rhythm plays on the atabaque,...

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Luta Livre

Luta Livre is a complete martial art system which was designed in Rio de Janeiro. It is first and foremost a submission grappling style where competitors use joint locks and chokes to submit their opponent. The stand up component of Luta Livre, witch includes punching and kicking as well as elbow and knee strikes, was developed to complete the art. Luta Livre is a broad term referring to...

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Kombato

Kombato is a Brazilian military martial art focused on self defense and security. The martial art was created around 1989, by a team led by Paulo Albuquerque. It utilizes a combination of kicks, punches, grappling and jointlocks. It is taught by the Brazilian Air Force, the Brazilian Marines, several state and federal law enforcement offices, and some commercial companies. The system is used...

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Brazilian Jiujitsu

The Jujutsu | What is Jujitsu | Jujutsu History | Jujutsu Development | Jujutsu Description | Jujutsu Beginning | Jujutsu Origins | Movement Strategy | Derivatives and Schools | Brazilian Jiujitsu | Judo verses Jujitsu | Jujutsu and Taijutsu | Jujutsu Etymology | Philosophical Dimensions | Principles And Concepts Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport...

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The Game of Capoeira

The Capoeira | What is Capoeira | Capoeira Description | Capoeira History | Styles of Capoeira | Capoeira Basics | Capoeira Angola | The Game of Capoeira | Capoeira Music | Capoeira in Popular Culture Capoeira does not focus on injuring the opponent. Rather, it emphasizes skill. Capoeiristas often prefer to show the movement without completing it, enforcing their superiority in the roda. If an...

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Capoeira in Popular Culture

The Capoeira | What is Capoeira | Capoeira Description | Capoeira History | Styles of Capoeira | Capoeira Basics | Capoeira Angola | The Game of Capoeira | Capoeira Music | Capoeira in Popular Culture The Brazilian martial art of Capoeira, noted for its acrobatic movements and kicks, has been featured in numerous films, TV shows and video game series, with varying degrees of popularity....

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Capoeira Angola

The Capoeira | What is Capoeira | Capoeira Description | Capoeira History | Styles of Capoeira | Capoeira Basics | Capoeira Angola | The Game of Capoeira | Capoeira Music | Capoeira in Popular Culture Capoeira Angola is the traditional style of Bahian Capoeira. It is usually, although not always, characterized by playful, ritualized games, which combine elements of dancing, combat, and...

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Styles of Capoeira

The Capoeira | What is Capoeira | Capoeira Description | Capoeira History | Styles of Capoeira | Capoeira Basics | Capoeira Angola | The Game of Capoeira | Capoeira Music | Capoeira in Popular Culture Capoeira has two main classifications: traditional and modern. Angola refers to the traditional form of the game. This is the oldest form, approximately 500 years old, with roots in African...

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