i said African.
that is not Africa.
James, Capoeira is a portugeuse word used to describe the African style of stickfighting... The African Brazilians, the African Americans, The African Cubans, and the rest of us, had to change the names to at least give the appearance of conforming to our new environment...
As in Santeria or Candomble, where the names of Catholic saints are used to disguise the Yoruba Pantheon of Orishas, so to have other things been masked, my beautiful brother... Thus the Capoieristas rarely use the sticks, but display the art as a dance... Why do you think this developed??? Might it have something to do with the American Black code of not allowing us to congregate in groups larger than two, or to bear arms? Hmmm, maybe???
If you saw Africans from Angola doing it, would you recognize it - would you recognize them as Africans, or would you immediately conclude they were Brazilians?s(smile!)