With the victories of many different Brazilian mixed martial arts champions in national competitions in recent years, Brazilian martial arts have really come into their own. From professional street fighting courses to Brazilian martial arts for kids, the fighting skills of Brazil have a truly international audience and the fame and fortune that they deserve. Not only martial arts enthusiasts, but also casual fans, people looking for a good workout, and even dancers are getting excited about some of these fascinating fighting arts.
The most well-known Brazilian martial art, of course, is Brazilian jujitsu. This is a very practical, brutal, and straightforward fighting art. It involves a lot of grappling and ground fighting – techniques that are often neglected in many Chinese martial arts and quite a few Japanese arts as well. Because it is unconventional, it is a great art for catching fighters by surprise. When you are attacked by a Brazilian martial arts fighter, you don't know what hit you. All of a sudden, you are on the ground being pummeled.
Of course, Brazilian capoeira is also an extremely popular martial art nowadays. It is less practical than the other Brazilian martial arts, but it is much more beautiful. Basically, it is a martial art designed to look like a dance. The legend goes that it was invented by slaves as a way to train without arousing suspicion among their masters. By making the moves look like a dance, they have invented a very beautiful, but deadly art.
Figuring out which Brazilian martial arts are best for you is not very hard. The two principal Brazilian martial arts – capoeira and Brazilian ju jitsu – are so different from each other, that Most people are much more strongly drawn to one than the other. If you want a straightforward, deadly fighting art, Brazilian jujitsu is the way to go. If, on the other hand, you want a fun and athletic activity that will teach you rhythm, coordination, and self-defense, Brazilian capoeira is obviously the superior choice. Neither Brazilian martial art is inherently “better” than the other. Both of them have their strengths and weaknesses, and the important thing is to find something that you personally like and stick with it. After all, any martial art will teach you how to fight. You might as well find one that is fun for you personally so that you will work hard at it.