I thought that Capoeira was developed by slaves and designed to be used while one's hands and/or feet were shackled? If so, it would make sense that there is no grappling in the art.
Capoeira was developed in africa by the Bantu peoples of the Congo. It was manifested as the ngolo (hence capoeira angola), a type of ritual fighting game. Aspects of ngolo in Brazil became capoeira.
As far as blades go, capoeira came before blades, and blades had nothing to do with capoeira, just with gang violence. The gangs (we're talking about Rio here) used, among other things, blades, but were also associated with capoeira, a much more pervasive cultural expression among blacks.
Throws exist in capoeira, but the use of hands is very minimized and so throws with the hands are equally rare. There was never grappling inherent in capoeira, except perhaps as a shortlived limited regional thing used by some people. Again, nothing really to do with capoeira itself. The aesthetic of open hands refers to a congolese saying: "the hands are for creating, the feet for destroying".
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Ag'ya and capoeira share similar roots. Many African combat styles blended because of lack of language. However, besides capoeira, scant have survived. My headmaster, Mestre Jelon, is currently studying the African roots of capoeira. His research has pointed to other capoeira-analogs, one that is now extinct in Puerto Rico, another extinct analog in Cuba.
Looking, Ag'ya seems to lack the more rhythmic ginga motion that is the basis of capoeira. However, the floor attacks seems similar to floor techniques in capoeira, and I swore I saw a floor-to-upright kick that's exactly like a kick called 'martelo do sole' which roughly means 'hammer kick from the floor'.
Capoeira was designed to be fought with the whole body. There are hand strikes and foot strikes, knees and elbow strikes, takedowns and some grappling. For demonstration of skill, most jogas, or games, are played in white to show that we can do all this crazy acrobatic stuff and not get dirt on our clothes... holdover from playing capoeira on Sunday in church clothes...
The congolese saying may apply for angoleiros, but for Regional practioners, we have grapples, arm bars, and gallopontes (sp?) as well as the the kicks and esquivas. Capoeira Carioca taught straight-razor, club, and cane combat.
Originally Posted by cafezinho
DdlR - this is really great stuff. I have been reseraching on the net for a while now but Im finding it very hard to establish a dialogue with someone in Martinique who knows about Danmye/ Ladja. None of the sites I have found have contact info.
Can you help me out here? FYI I run the Capoeira Science website.
Last edited by cientista; 12/10/2006 8:28am at .
[quote=Mago]Ag'ya and capoeira share similar roots. Many African combat styles blended because of lack of language. However, besides capoeira, scant have survived. My headmaster, Mestre Jelon, is currently studying the African roots of capoeira. His research has pointed to other capoeira-analogs, one that is now extinct in Puerto Rico, another extinct analog in Cuba. [quote]
The root is from engolo (or sometimes just ngolo).
Armbars, throws, etc are jiujutsu and don't have anything to do with capoeira. Capoeira crappling is I believe what some hear might call it. An attempt at Regional mestres wanting to look more hardcore? What ever the reason, it's kind of stupid in the context of capoeira.
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Originally Posted by cientista
Bira Almeida says that capoeira and savate are related through chausson, and technically, it adds up -- I can walk right into a capoeira class with almost no adjustment (though we do a lot less main au sol than they do, obviously, and the boxe francaise guys, as far as I know, don't do any at all). A historical connection between all these arts would be a piece of cake, given that the Portuguese generally didn't care much about race, and the french lower classes in southern france mixed regularly and easily with Africans on the other side of the Med and down the African coast. A common way of moving would easily be applied to its various local contexts in different ways. (And it's politically incorrect to point out that a lot of Africans *served* on the slave ships... but I teach history, and I know better. Real history > ideology.)
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