Allie wrote an article recently called Jiu Jitsu is not Capoiera. The article made me smile. I’ve only had one or two people ask me if I do Capoeira, but it might have been a joke.
Here are the differences:
BJJ: Characterized by angry hugging. Students wear pajamas, sometimes with a rash guard underneath. They use belts to indicate rank. Can be boring to watch, especially when they start hugging. Ends with people falling asleep or with broken arms.
Capoeira: Characterized by angry dancing. Students wear white pants and a t-shirt or sports bra. They use cords to indicate rank. Can be painful to watch if they are beginners. Ends with a kick to the head.
I learned what BJJ was by watching UFC. I learned what Capoeira was because my old boyfriend would sometimes play Eddy Gordo the Capoeira fighter on Tekken.
Here’s someone Cosplaying Eddy at Otakon:
Here’s a really cool Playstation Capoeira ad:
Did you know that Capoeira was briefly shown in Harry Potter’s The Goblet of Fire?
And finally, Bob’s Burgers had an episode about Capoeira, called “Sexy Dance Fighting.” In it, the daughter takes a Capoeira class. According to the show, Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines “fighting, peacefulness, and cardio.” There were cute moments, such as when the sexy, Brazilian instructor would yell “Brazil” and “Ponytail” as he fought. You can watch it on Hulu if you’re in America. Click here for the Hulu link.
Here are the similarities:
Cobrinha is a Capoeira master and a BJJ black belt. I had no idea!
More similarities between Capoeira and BJJ: they’re both from Brazil. They’re both considered a martial art. And, to quote Bob’s Burgers, “They take off their shoes, so when they open the door, the whole place smells like feet.”
I think Capoeira looks cool, but a bit strange – like I’d want to use it if I were a badass disco queen and defending my disco territory against rival break dancers. It could be called Breakin 3: Capoeira de Janeiro. I think I’m a bit too clumsy for it and I would end up being the Capoeira version of The Star Wars Kid.
How did you first hear about Capoeira? What are your impressions of it? Is it something you want(ed) to try?