Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art, that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. It is known for quick and complex moves, using mainly power, speed, and leverage for a wide variety of kicks, spins, and highly mobile techniques.
Capoeira's history begins with the beginning of African slavery in Brazil. In this environment, capoeira was born as a simple hope of survival. It was a tool with which an escaped slave, completely unequipped, could survive in the hostile, unknown land and face the hunt of the armed and mounted colonial agents.
Capoeira is a fast and versatile martial art. A series of rolls and acrobatics allows the capoeirista to quickly overcome a takedown or a loss of balance, and to position themselves around the aggressor in order to lay up for an attack. It is this combination of attacks, defense and mobility which gives capoeira its perceived 'fluidity' and choreography-like style.