Capoeira vs. Taekwondo fight ends in surprising fashion

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Capoeira and Taekwondo are both striking arts that are known for their powerful kicking techniques but that is where the similarities end.

It would be very easy to tell a Taekwondo practitioner from a Capoeira practitioner just looking at the way they move as well as their stance. Capoeira practitioners move in a very unique, rhythmic sort of way which makes sense as dance is intertwined with the style and history.

Case in point, in this video we see a Taekwondo practitioner take on a Capoeirista and you can tell right away who is who (as if the gi wasn’t an instant giveaway) based on their movement.

Taekwondo has a very distinctive style as well too though. You can see the TKD guy in this video is very light on his feet and is almost completely sideways in his stance.

What’s interesting about this style vs style match is that even though it is between two strikers, they do a fair bit of grappling and that is ultimately what ends the fight.

The capoeira practitioner seems to be much more polished when it comes to grappling and rightly so as both capoeira and BJJ originate from Brazil.

The capoeirista locks up a guillotine choke after it hits the ground and the Taekwondo practitioner is forced to tap out.

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. It was developed in Brazil mainly by Angolans, at the beginning of the 16th century. It is known for its quick and complex maneuvers, predominantly using power, speed, and leverage across a wide variety of kicks, spins, and techniques.

The most widely accepted origin of the word capoeira comes from the Tupi words ka’a (“jungle”) e pûer (“it was”), referring to the areas of low vegetation in the Brazilian interior where fugitive slaves would hide. A practitioner of the art is called a capoeirista.

On 26th November 2014 capoeira was granted a special protected status as “intangible cultural heritage” by UNESCO. [Source: Wiki]

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