Fitness trends show that the Brazilian dance martial art known as capoeira is fast becoming a lifestyle physical activity for many fitness enthusiasts throughout the world searching for something with a cultural flavor; it has influenced many in pursuit of personal development,with many newcomers finding that they quickly develop the skills necessary to become instructors of the discipline in their own right.This lifestyle physical activity has far reaching cultural benefits,such as the social gathering aspect which addresses the different types of people,male and female,who would not normally meet others from different walks of life.
The history of capoeira dates back to the colonial days of slavery and primarily to the african state of Angola.The origins and development of Capoeira in the slums/favellas of Brazilian cities is one of community unity that grew out of the need to protect oneself from danger.The dance martial art is now in a exhibitionary form but was once banned from use as it enticed violence within the lower socio-economic populations.
Lateef Crowder,a well recognised figure in the Capoeira world is a Brazilian icon of cultural identity,he has travelled the world exstensively performing in many international roda competitions,films and as a member of the zero gravity stunt team; The Capoeira expert is best known for his performances in films such as “Sucker Punch” in 2011, “The Book of Eli” in 2010, “The Expendables” also in 2010 and Mortal Kombat rebirth.His Most noteable performance was against Tony Jaa ( Muay Thai expert and actor) in the 2005 film “The Protector”.
Mr.Crowder has been an influential advocate of the discipline,he has many Dvd’s available to purchase for fans and capoeira fighters alike,who aspire to learn how to develop their Capoeira performance level.
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Lateef Crowder resume: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1956628/resume