Capoeira Angola - ECAMAR

Capoeira Angola is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial art, music and dance. Capoeira Angola is listed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list for promoting worldwide mutual respect and social cohesion.

The history of Capoeira Angola started in the 16th century, at a time when Brazil was a colony of Portugal and the African slave labour force was largely utilised in Brazil, especially in the agricultural production of sugar in the North-East. Many of these slaves came from the region of Angola, also a Portuguese colony. In Africa, the Angolans had many dances (eg: the N’golo, the Bassula, the Cabangula and the Umudinhu) which mixed with each other in Brazil, this became the origin of Capoeira (the game of Angola), which transferred to urban zones and became Capoeira Angola, a martial art disguised as a dance. It was an important instrument of cultural and physical resistance for the Brazilian slaves.

Escola de Capoeira Angola Mato Rasteiro-ECAMAR, is the first school of Capoeira Angola to be established in Australia and our aim is to promote and preserve Capoeira Angola while respecting its tradition and rituals, as well as to maintain the respect for and the recognition of all Mestres especially the older generation of Mestres who are the guardians of this Afro-Brazilian culture.