A mix of martial arts and dance...I know there's such a thing, but what is it called?

I kinda want to get into a sport, and I found something I thought I would enjoy. But the thing is, I can't remember what it's called...


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Capoeira: is a Brazilian Art Form, which combines elements of dance, play and ritualistic fighting. It evolved from the struggle of African slaves against their oppressors and its history is deep with Warrior rituals from Central Africa.

Capoeira is a celebration of life in the face of everyday struggle. It develops confidence, combined with a strong feeling of centre and balance. Capoeira's circular and evasive movements, combined with its rich tradition of music and song, place it in a unique position as an art, and always poses the question "is Capoeira a game, a fight or a dance"?

Capoeira games require the grace and agility of a dancer, with the strength and skill of a warrior. Always central to the message of Capoeira is unity and bringing people together to keep continual flow regardless of the game and to find peace, joy and fulfillment in the game and in life.

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Capoera...It originated in brazil...it is performed with drum beats...

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It's called Parkour.

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Kung Fu-- The Chinese word for Kung Fu is “Wu Shu”, which can be translated as “Martial Art” or “Martial Dance”. As an umbrella term it encompasses all styles of Chinese Kung Fu including sword, long stick and spear.

One of the styles practiced at the Centre is ‘Chang Quan’ – a form of Shaolin Fist. Chang Quan is known for its lightning fast moves, sudden halts and low stances which lead to dynamic jumping kicks. The balance and even development of techniques make Chang Quan stand out from other styles, and because of this it provides perfect training for the entire body and is the best way for a student to begin their study of Wu Shu. Chang Quan is great for overall health, strength and flexibility, and provides release of stress through self discipline and breathing.

Wu Shu ranks among the most popular performance arts in the world, and is slated to be an exhibition sport at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

In a typical competition, participants compete in a minimum of four compulsory forms, two empty hand and two weapon sets. In standard men's competition, compulsory weapons forms are typically broadsword and staff forms. Women's competition, on the other hand, focuses on straight sword and spear forms. There are also myriad other forms that might be performed in competition, spanning the range of the Eighteen Arms of Wu shu.

Wu Shu currently holds more sway over modern action films than does any other single martial arts system. Jet Li, arguably one of the most famous modern martial artists of our times, began his career as a member of the Beijing Wu Shu Team. Similarly, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Iron Monkey, and a plethora of other Kung Fu movies derive a significant amount of style from modern Wu Shu.

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Capoeira is correct. Brazilian martial arts, and they kick butt!

Ripped this off wiki for ya:

is an African-Brazilian fight-dance and martial art created by enslaved Africans during the 16th Century. Participants form a roda (circle) and take turns playing instruments, singing, and sparring in pairs in the centre of the circle. The game is marked by fluid acrobatic play, feints, subterfuge, and extensive use of groundwork, as well as sweeps, kicks, and headbutts. Technique and strategy are the key elements to playing a good game. Capoeira has three main styles, known as "regional", "Angola", and the less-well defined "contemporânea". [1]

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Capoeira, wushu, XMA, and muay thai if you consider the traditional prefight dance.

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there is a martial art that was disguised as a dance called caporiea. i belive it was developed by slaves in brazil as a method to help protect themselves. if you want an example of this than play as eddy or christy from the video game tekken. it is the fighting style that they use.

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Many years ago capoiera was outlawed in Brazil, so the practioneers developed the style into a dance. It is still performed today and is just as effective as a martial art as it once was.

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There are karate, kung fu and tae kwon do practitioners who perform their forms to music, but this not a traditional practice for any of these arts.

The only two forms of martial arts for which music has been traditionally an integral component are:

pencak silat:


And capoiera:


There are also countless dances that have been inspired by martial arts -- from highland sword dances to Okinawan dance -- but these are not for combat.

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Maybe Capoeira.

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It's called Capoera SP?) & is from Brazil.

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It is called Capoeira, it is derived from slaves they used the Dancing portion to desgiuse it so the masters would think oh they are just dancing thats where the fast, aerial kicks comes from and it originally was done with blades on the feet thats how the slaves used it to kill people.

hope that helped

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Capoeira. Considered a martial art by some, but it's mainly dancing.

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all of the above...but Flamenco is a dance, I may have seen a movie that a guy was dancing similar to flamenco i think the movie was bloodsport...and when bull fighting I think the dance is called "dance to the death" can be used like a martial arts as well...and Savat, french boxing/kicking can be choreographed to dance...

Personally, the katas I do in kempo if I time it right it seems like dancing to me. although a bit angled...copoeira is much more fluid...wushu seems to me more gracefull to perform.

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