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Capoeira Angola is a danced fight, a playful sparring involving style, wit, flexibility and strategy. Capoeira Angola weaves intricate movements, spirituality, mental and physical discipline, fight, and philosophy into a unique "game". As an Afro Brazilian art form, it was used by enslaved Africans to combat the colonial oppression of the powerful Portuguese rulers. Its practitioners used this powerful weapon during revolts and in defense of the Quilombos -- African communities/nations of formerly enslaved Africans who organized according to African cultural forms. It is very rhythmic and ritualistic, and like many other African based traditions is orally transmitted from master to student.

For a more in depth view of Capoeira Angola, it's origins and the art of playing, check out the articles section of this site.

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