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Capoeira and Combat Theory

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All fighting systems have a combat theory. This theory expresses out how a particular system understands and responds to combat. As such, a combat theory explicates the function and application of combative tools (i.e., fighting techniques).

As someone who studies the art of fighting for sake of attaining combat proficiency I have endeavored to extract a combat theory from Capoeira. Thus this process has been informed by my study under a variety of individuals, conversations with other practitioners, solo-training, research, as well as a rigorous and incessant reflection on the art and its potentials. My study has revealed the following core principles as constitutive of Capoeira’s unique approach to fighting.

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