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DanielH
5/20/2005 2:00pm,
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00004TJJE/qid=1116614554/sr=8-3/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i3_xgl27/104-8155214-2439944?v=glance&s=video&n=507846

I was checking stuff out and I found a post that mentioned "Cardio Capoeira". Here is what the actor has to say on Amazon:

"Carla Ribeira

Description
Learn this great self defence art of the Brazilian slaves from the early 1800’s. Cardio Capoeira is sometimes referered to “F lashdance” workout, as it not only will get you “ fighting fit ” , but you will have a great time doing it.

This workout is aimed at those who want to get inn the best shape of their lives and look like the men and women of Copacabana Beach.

One of the greart things about Cardio Capoeira is the sensational and energetic Capoeira music. You will love it!!!

So put on your workout gear and have some fun while learning Brazil’s only true martial art."

What the hell is that? First of all... Capoeira was around way before the 1800's, if I recall correctly it's been around for about five hundred years now. She doesn't even mention which style of Capoeira she is talking about, Regional isn't even 100 years old yet.

Flash dance? Right... if she's talking about old Capoeira (Angola) then it has no flash. The acrobatics part is new. It's Regional. Angola dancing was more of a Samba, not flips. The fanciest thing in Angola is probably the ginga.

Fighting fit? I usually take it as hard as I can in my Capoeira class and we tend to focus on conditioning during a lot of the classes (especially recently). It's still not enough to get you in the best shape of your life. I still have to run and lift weights.

Energetic and sensational music... I'll give her that, the music always adds fun and energy. I doubt she has any actual Capoeira instruments in it though.

Last but not least... Capoeira isn't really Brazilian. It originated in Angola Africa. And Brazil does have two native martial arts. Vale Tudo and some other one I can't remember the name of (not BJJ).

I still haven't watched the video and I'm not willing to pay for it. Hopefully a friend will accidently buy it (and return it) so I can watch it and give the video itself a review. Amazon has a review on it but I don't know if I can copy it or not.

Ktulu
5/20/2005 2:05pm,
This the stuff Dustin Hoffman's character in Meet the Fokkers does?

Bernie Focker - "This is capoeira, man. This is some hardcore ****." :toothy5:

DanielH
5/20/2005 2:09pm,
Yep.
Recent movies it's been in:
Catwoman - Halley Berry
Ocean's 12 - The Italian/French guy
Meet the Fockers - Dustin Hoffman (?)

Recent games:
Catwoman
Tekken 3 - 5
(Another one is coming out soon, can't remeber the name of it)

It's also been on a lot of commercials recently. A Nike one, that new Donkey Kong game, and a Fitness TV one.

PirateJon
5/20/2005 3:51pm,
It's probably just as good as cardio kickboxing or combat yoga or commando clog danceing - ie a light to decent cardio workout for soccer moms.

Shuma-Gorath
5/20/2005 4:11pm,
Say what you want about capoiera, but it's the only art I've seen where every single person is in great shape.

DanielH
5/20/2005 5:12pm,
"It's probably just as good as cardio kickboxing or combat yoga or commando clog danceing - ie a light to decent cardio workout for soccer moms."

- I don't mind doing Capoeira for excersize... I don't mind any of that stuff. But what she says about Capoeira is wrong and I'm sure that she "teaches" how to do things incorrectly. I'll look up pictures (and hopefully a video clip) in a bit.

It is Fake
5/20/2005 5:26pm,
It isn't claiming anything but better looks I haven't got a problem.

You also haven't seen the vid you can't be sure of what she is teaching. Also, just like every art there are variations.

Gezere
5/20/2005 5:39pm,
I have one of the Cardio Capoeria tapes. It SUCKS its just a cute chick swaying back and forth in a fucked up ginga, at times she trys to get funky with it, and it cuts to clips of guys doing a roda. Its absolutely worthless.

It is Fake
5/20/2005 5:46pm,
Yep, the little I know it was African slaves but it was developed in Brazil.

DanielH
5/20/2005 6:59pm,
No it didn't. There's no Capoeira in Angola.

I'm sure I read before that it was made in Angola Africa and then evolved in Brazil. I can't find any sources backing that up so... I'll stand corrected until I find a good source.

Pojac
5/20/2005 9:14pm,
There's no clear answer to that question. it was certainly mainly Angolan slaves in Brazil that developed capoeira there, and supposedly there are some strong similarities to a game/art played in Angola. But whether you could call what the Angolans were doing in Angola capoeira isn't clear; the safest bet is to simply acknowledge that capoeira, developed and evolved in Brazil, has Angolan roots.

Lights Out
5/21/2005 10:31pm,
Say what you want about capoiera, but it's the only art I've seen where every single person is in great shape.

Yes, you should see the intructor at my gym´s brother (who weighted about 220 lbs) do flips over stand up people, yes, more than one person at a time.

And it teaches to dance cool.

And girls dig capoeirists.

I don´t think there is a nedd for "cardio capoeira", it gives you a hard conditioning per se, doesn´t need more marketing.