article by Professor Kmelo
Capoeira is NOT acrobatics! A person who does lots of flips is not necessarily a good capoeira player. To truly understand the role of acrobatics in capoeira, you have to understand the concept of floreios - what are they, and how and when are they used in the roda?
To trick and deceive
Floreio means “flourish” and refers to movements that are pleasing to the eye, but that could leave the capoeirista vulnerable. The original purpose of floreios was to confuse, trick, or deceive the other player. A floreio can make your partner think that you’re vulnerable when in r...