If you want effectiveness, get yourself a gun. If you don’t like guns, then go for military combat systems or Krav Maga. Either way, when fellow pops out a knife and ruthlessly goes after you, stabbing, you are in trouble.
Thus the ongoing conversation whether Capoeira is a fight or a dance, so passionately held by various martial artists (Thai boxers and the like) and Capoeiristas, is pointless. And I believe it drags the focus of Capoeirista off of the main thing. I like how Ido Portal put it: “Capoeira is first and foremost a social interaction. … It’s a corporal dialogue.”
It can be a fight, it can be theatrical, mischievous, showy…
Capoeira is deep – backed by its history of resistance against oppression, its music, its love of movement. It has a beautiful story.
So next time some street fighter, or Thai boxer questions whether Capoeira is a martial art, just wave him off with a smile, saying: ‘oh yes, it is. And it goes way beyond that.’
Ultimately, when a fellow quiets his mind and lets his soul express itself, fellow ends up using movements from outside of Capoeira, fellow transcends the boundaries of a style.
What is left then is movement in all its shapes and fighting with no rules.
The discussion then misses the elephant in the room.