« Esporte é vida, pratique capoeira !* » Mestre Jota-Jota


*Sport is life, practice capoeira !

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that found its roots at the time of slavery in Brazil. Indeed, while perceived as having a leisure time, African slaves were actually developing fighting techniques and dances to defend themselves. Capoeira is the art to defend oneself by attacking, dodge with ‘malicia’, surprise and feint one’s partner, and know how to communicate with him/her.

Capoeira is today an integral part of the Brazilian culture, an expression of its identity, mixing history, music and defense.This discipline has spread over countries and continents and is now taught in academies throughout the world.

Naçao Palmares Capoeira was jointly created in 2000 by eight mestres, contra-mestres and professors in Brazil and is now represented in France and Belgium by Mestre Jota-Jota. Naçao Palmares Capoeira France has clubs in Nord, Pas-de-Calais, Picardie and Brittany.

On February 4-5, 2017, in Lille, Naçao Palmares Capoeira organised its15th annual “batizado”, meaning the rope upgrade ceremony. This event was the opportunity for about fifty capoeirists from different academies and countries (Brazil, Ireland, UK, Spain, the Netherland…) to gather and celebrate!

Great thanks to Mestre Jota-Jota for the batizado and “Tucum” (Bruno Vanschoorisse) for your pictures!


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