When Martial Arts Displays Turn In To Real Fights, Things Get Ugly

By Salvador Sanchez

Capoeira, the deadly martial art disguised as a dance, doesn’t always stay that way. These videos show how sh*t can get real, very fast….

Martial arts displays can be a fun way of demonstrating what is meant to be a form of combat. Demonstrations in Kung Fu, TKD and Capoeira are among the most popular to watch, although the tradition is not exclusive to these styles.

In particular we are taking a look at Capoeira today, the Brazilian mixed martial art that combines many elements of dance. It is known for quick and complex moves, using mainly power, speed, and leverage for a wide variety of kicks, spins, and highly mobile techniques.

(Fight videos on page 2)

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Developed in the 16th century mainly by descendants of African slaves, 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. Practitioners of the art are called capoeiristas.

The modern day translation of Capoeira is a popular street dance, but is also used in real combat situations, sometimes during the street displays themselves. The area we’ll be showing you today in when Capoeria displays go wrong, and turn in to brawls.

(Fight videos on page 2)

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Whether it’s personal beef, accidentally landing a strike or just pure adrenaline or hormonal rag, sometimes Capoeira displays turn in to real fights, and people get smashed.

Skip to page 2 for the videos of martial arts displays gone wrong…