[Capoeira circle or sports academy? The emergence of modern styles of capoeira and their global context]

Hist Cienc Saude Manguinhos. 2014 Jan-Mar;21(1):135-49. doi: 10.1590/S0104-59702014005000002. Epub 2014 Jan 1.
[Article in Portuguese]


The emergence of the modern styles of capoeira should be considered in the global context of the modernization of martial arts currently in progress in Europe and Asia on the one hand, and the new phase of Afro-descendant modernity on the other. The confrontation between the capoeira, jiu-jitsu and other martial arts circles led mestre Bimba to develop his regional Bahian fighting style. The revival of traditional capoeira as Angolan capoeira led by mestre Pastinha is part of the broader movement of affirmation of Afro-Bahian culture in Salvador and the growing visibility of the Afro-descendant body in the Atlantic world.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Brazil
  • Cultural Characteristics
  • Dancing* / history
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • Martial Arts* / history
  • Sports* / history