Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that merges elements of dance and acrobatics into a fluid, improvised discourse between two players. The history of the martial art is closely tied to the history of Brazil itself, beginning with the importation of West African slaves by Portuguese colonists. In an effort to maintain a connection with their traditional customs, these slaves would gather whenever they could and express themselves through music and dance. Capoeira was born from this sharing of traditions grew into a martial art disguised as a dance with acrobatic movements. It became a symbol of liberation and resilience under oppression, and was subsequently banned for many years by the Brazilian government. However, the art form survived and in 1937 capoeira became recognized as a national Brazilian art-form. Since then it has spread across the globe and can be found in hundreds of locations around the world.