Capoeira used in MMA bout with brutal results
The sport of Mixed Martial Arts has been around a lot longer than most people believe, however; it was introduced to the world on a cold evening in Denver, Colorado on November 12, 1993, and called the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The premise was beautiful in its simplicity: to simply answer the question of which martial art is most effective.
Fast forward over 20 years and we now have a sport that jockeys for top position in popularity in many countries. Although the sport has evolved, the original question that was set out to be answered is still one that intrigues people to this day.
Most mixed martial artists these days have one thing in common: although they all train and are incredibly proficient and various disciplines they normally have a background in a single art such as kickboxing, wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, etc.
When things start going badly in a bout the athlete tends to fall back, often times unconsciously, to their base art. Well, there is one fighter with a unique base that he consciously uses and relies on. That fighter is Marcus Aurelio and the art is the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira.
Capoeira is a martial art that was originally used by Brazilian slaves and disguised as song and dance. Therefore, the art very rhythmic and beautiful to see, however; the question is how relevant is it as a legitimate martial art?
Can the unorthodox movement and timing compete with today’s martial artist at the highest level? Marcus Aurelio seems to think so; check out the video of his fight against Jose Cornejo to see if his unorthodox techniques will prove to be effective.
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…