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Finding Rio’s Capoeira Academies

By Joshua Rapp Learn, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Capoeira in Rio de Janeiro has evolved a lot over the past century. It went through a particularly rough period in the early years of the twentieth century when the government and police prosecution virtually destroyed its practice, driving underground the few Capoeiristas who continued to train in the city.

Meanwhile, in Salvador, Capoeira managed to survive largely through the efforts of Bahian Capoeiristas to redefine the martial art as a kind of cultural activity, disguising Capoeira as a folkloric dance.

As such, Capoeira managed to survive through the first quarter . . .

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