Book Review: Capoeira -
The history of an Afro-Brazilian Martial Art

Journal of Western Martial Art

Capoeira - The history of an Afro-Brazilian Martial Art
ISBN 0-714680-86-9
Matthias Röhrig Assunção
Routledge (March 1, 2004)

Matthias Röhrig Assunção draws on historical fact to propose a view of Capoeira's development as a martial art. Through research, and much like many of us, through objective interpretation he ascertains what is reality, and what is fiction. Furthermore, he relates the common myths surrounding Capoeira to the people who need them, and proposes that at times myths are exactly what inspires individuals. He is, however, an advocate of fact, truth, and reality; and this shows in his work.

The book is by far the most in depth work on Capoeira written in English to date. (To the best of my knowledge) It's perspective is born of inquisition rather then the "gospel truth" word of mouth tradition so common in Capoeira circles.

Bravo !!! I am sincerely touched now that this book has been published, for I myself have been attempting various essays regarding some of the topics explored here. I am glad that the perspective came from a source so well educated, and through such a large spectrum of information. I have received educated reason to back many opinions I have had to date.

Instrutor LoboGuara (Associacao Cordao de Contas do Canada)

About the author: is a Capoeira practitioner and instructor himself.

Journal of Western Martial Art
March 2005

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