DIALOGUE AND DISCUSSION ON EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT AND RACE
B-boying or breaking also known as breakdancing is said to have originated in New York during the 1970s. Surprisingly, the breakdancing art form is very similar to self-defense movements possibly developed in Brazil between the 16th and 19th centuries by kidnapped people who were enslaved and forced to work on large Portuguese sugar cane farms called Engenhos.
The self-defense art form called Capoeira, incorporated quick and complex moves using power, speed, and leverage for a wide variety of kicks, spins, and highly mobile techniques. Capoeira was practiced as a dance and was disguised as such to avoid punishment or execution for learning how to fight and defend themselves. Capoeira arose as a tool for survival for those who escaped their captors to remain free.