My first introduction to capoeira was Only the Strong, which wasn’t a great movie, but it showcased this cool, different martial arts style. After that came Tekken 3 and Eddy Gordo, who was (and still is) the most faithful representation of capoeira in a video game (except for the breakdancing and gymnastics moves, of course). I had never seen capoeira before, and it’s because of these two media representations that capoeira is such a big part of my life now.
Some people say that exposure like this is good for capoeira because it will draw people in. This is what happened to me, and probably many others; we see capoeira in a movie and decide to do more research into it. But others say that it will lead to a watered down style with no music or history, because anything less than a true representation of capoeira (with the roda, berimbau, game, etc) is going to give people the wrong impression and will hurt capoeira in the end.
What do you think?
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