Crazy Capoeira battle goes terribly wrong

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Promotion of a martial art or a martial arts academy can be a very difficult thing to accomplish successfully.  There have been many methods over the centuries to garner attention from potential practitioners and the majority of them have failed.  Two tried and true methods, however, remain to this day and are still occurring at the highest levels of success.

These two methods are simple, effective, and universally understood.  The first method is to prove that the fighting style or martial art you are promoting is the most effective available through direct competition.  In fact, an entire sport was born from this concept: Mixed Martial Arts.

Another marketing tactic that equals that of direct competition is a martial arts demonstration or exhibition.  This is definitely the safer of the two options as everything is choreographed, well-planned, and executed in a controlled environment.  Think of it as a play that acts in a manner which displays the martial art or martial arts academy in the best possible light.

Capoeira Battle Article

There is, however; a variation of these demonstrations known as “battles” particularly with the art of Capoeira.  Much like break dancing, one practitioner will perform a move or a series of moves and the goal of the other practitioner, or opponent, is to perform the same set of moves as good if not better than his adversary or to perform his own series of moves in an attempt to outdo the first artist.

These battles oftentimes take place in public forums and the winner is determined by crowd approval.  Some of these are more entertaining than others, some are even done as if an advanced form of panhandling, and still other times practitioners are simply practicing.  Check out the video below to see a “worst case scenario” play out in real time during a Capoeira battle!

Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…

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