Capoeira in MMA? Pretty cool when it works that’s for sure!


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First off, I must say Capoeira is a fantastic looking martial art to watch in action. The flips, spins, speedy kicks and physical feats of strength and endurance that it includes instantly made the art very interesting to me ever since I first saw it practiced.

Unfortunately I’ve never had the opportunity to learn or train in the art. I think every martial art has aspects, techniques and strategies that can be very effectively applied in no-holds barred setting so I’m sure I could have found a few slick capoeira techniques that I could of let fly inside the octagon.

A while back, on video, I saw a really cool knockout kick scored by a capoeira fighter in an MMA fight. I didn’t remember his name at the time but when another video of him scoring a KO head kick appeared this week I did a little more research. His name is Marcus Aurelio and it looks like he lives in Vancouver, BC.

I think it`s very exciting and refreshing to see him pull of some of his art`s attacks in MMA competition and I must say that it can be very awkward fighting someone like him who fights so different than the training partners most people spar with. I think he`ll need to make sure he`s got solid wrestling and ground skills –and maybe some boxing as well– as backup if he wants to climb higher in the MMA game but I definitely hope to see him jump and spin kicking more people in the future.

Here`s a video of his team, Axe Capoeira in action (he may even been in there but I`m not sure) 


and here`s the first video I saw a while back of some slick spinning heel kicks…


and the newest video of him doing his thing inside the cage…


What are your thoughts on Capoeira in MMA?

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