Capoeira was bought by Master Sylvia Bazzarelli in 1998. From then, capoeira became a famous martial art all around the world. But how did a martial art become so popular among the masses and was adopted extensively? Here are the 5 reasons why capoeira is beneficial to such a large extent.
What is Capoeira?
Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art form, a combination of self-defense, acrobatics, dance, music, and song. African slaves developed this practice to disguise their practice of fight moves in Brazil. In the initial years, it was banned by the Brazilian government, but in the 1920s, it relaxed the laws. Later, the Capoeira masters began to travel the world, taking with them and spreading this art form.
The art form is known for its versatile and unpredictable moves. Played in a circle called ‘roda’, it is only the hands and feet touch the ground. It is accompanied by music and singing. There are various movements, the fundamental one being ‘ginga’. Others include cartwheels, elbow strikes, leg sweeps, etc.
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5 Benefits of capoeira that can change your life
So, there are plenty of reasons why you should adopt capoeira, but here are the top 5.
1. Lifestyle change
Capoeira is more of an art form rather than a martial art. The best part about it is that it isn’t tedious and boring. Rather, you can provide your own individual touch to the moves. Moreover, it becomes an addiction when you discover its benefits, in terms of mental and physical health.
2. Stronger and fitter
The common misbelief is that only acrobats and gymnasts can perform this Brazilian art. However, this isn’t the case. Your fitness journey will begin from day one and will gradually escalate. The upper core and lower back are strengthened. After few months, you will be stronger, flexible, agile, and balanced. Even moderate practice will help you come to great shape.
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3. Burns up calories
This Brazilian art form is a great form of cardio and you can burn almost 400-500 calories in an hour. The music will make your moves go faster and your heartbeat too. You will discover the muscles you never knew existed. The constant motion of your body activates your blood circulation and help
4. Community friendly
One of the best parts about capoeira is that it is a communal experience. You are a part of a global community and make friends along the way. It is a cultural activity and you also learn a lot about its history, social engagements and connect with people who share the art.
5. Mental health booster
Last but not the least, capoeira is a healthy addiction. Intense workout releases endorphins, which makes you feel great and improves your mood. The moves not only make you a little less stressed but also boost self-confidence. You get the freedom to express yourself and connect with different people.
Capoeira is a great way to connect with a global community while improving your physical and mental health. Ever tried capoeira? Let us know in the comment box.