Learn Brazilian dance-based martial art at San Juan Fitness

Chris Ross of Friday Harbor is teaching Capoeria, a Brazilian dance-based martial art, at San Juan Fitness.

Ross, 25, is a San Juan Island District 3 firefighter. Classes are on Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m.

Capoeria combines elements of martial arts, music, and dance. According to Wikipedia, Capoeira is a direct descendant of African fighting styles, and was incorporated with Brazilian dance form distilled from African slaves in Brazil. Sparring is marked by fluid acrobatic play, feints, takedowns and, with extensive use of leg sweeps, kicks. Some interpretations state capoeira is a fighting style disguised by a fa├žade of dance.

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