Music and the Martial Arts

For many years, I’ve highlighted the many similarities between the musical arts and the martial arts. Both use rhythm, harmony, and focus, among many other qualities, to create an original art form. An excellent example of how these two individual concepts come together is the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira. Capoeira was created by Brazilian slaves of African descent by creating a “dance” to fool their slave masters. None the wiser, the slave owners had no idea that a formidable fighting style was being created right under their noses! Music is especially important in Capoeira, which is comprised of various rhythms and tempos. The following video highlights some of the advanced acrobatic movies of Capoeira, in addition to the way music plays an integral role. Enjoy!

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