1978, when I began teaching capoeira in the United States, the
number of people interested in this African-rooted art form has
grown from a few curious individuals to a substantial community
of more than 5,000 Americans. Valued as an expressive and enticing
art from a different cultural context, a subject of academic study,
a means of physical conditioning, and a form of self-defense,
capoeira has captured the imagination and the attention of many.
intention with this section is to write about the many aspects
of capoeira that interest my students and me at the moment, including
its history, traditions, training methods, music, techniques,
styles and other contemporary issues. I intend to upload material
frequently and I hope that this section lays the ground for a
substantial discussion of meaningful issues to help those who
want to gain a better understanding of capoeira. Please, feel
free to send me your comments and suggestions.