Photographer's Note

This picture is of Formiguinha (little ant)performing some acrobaticsat the 2006 Batukege Capoeira Batizado.

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art developed initially by African slaves in Brazil, starting in the colonial period. 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.

Batizados are large events and are very important for the group organizing it. It is the point in the year where the new members will be baptized officially into the group and receive their first cords and where the other members depending on their progress will get a new one.

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