The fight was originally created in Brazil, by the slaves brought from Africa. Forbidden by Slave masters it was disguised as a dance, making it a graceful semi-balletic battle.
Every sunset you can hear the distinct and rhythmic sound of the berimbau (a simple string instrument) which draws you towards white dressed figures moving with acrobatic grace and speed. Lessons can be arranged with one of the Mestres or Capoeiristas. Lessons generally take place in the morning or later afternoon and are around R$ 25 for an hour.