Capoeira Angola


The martial art and ritual combat dance know as Capoeira Angola is one linked to the primary expressions of an African, specifically Kongo-Angolan,continuum in Brazil. Its origins may go back as far as the 16th century,when slaves from western Central Africa arrived in Salvador and the surrounding Recôncavo region. Exactly in what form it arrived and how it evolved is the subject of much speculation and debate. The famous Capoeira Angola master Vincente Pastinha stated that his own teacher, a man from Angola named Benedito, told him that capoeira came from the N’golo dance.

Capoeira Angola is a multiform phenomenon. It draws elements from dance, fight, ritual,  musical performance and community organizing. It is a person’s way of defense, and it is also a form of entertainment. Capoeira Angola is mainly played in slow and smooth motion, low to the ground. It is characterized with low kicks, head butts and dodges. In Angola, the two players (called Angoleiros) are very close to each other.  Capoeira Angola contains a lot of ritualistic and demonstrative movements and while played it brings the sense of the African rituals and philosophy to the fighters and to the observants. The music of Capoeira Angola is slower than the one played in Capoeira Regional and its focus is less on aggressive interaction between the players and more on positive energy. We welcome you to come practice and learn the art from as we expand our conciousness of the artform.


Study Group Facilitators: Santos Flores, Courtney Woods, Lucas Brown, Adam Pyburn