Capoeira is an art form that defies description. It is a fight, it is dance, a game. It is creativity, intuition, grace, strength, history and tradition. Capoeira's origin dates back about 500 years to the beginnings of Brasil's slave trade period. Throughout the 488 years of slave trade in Brasil, various tribes from West and Central Africa met and intermingled in the slave quarters nations. From this mix of African cultures came a melding of traditions, rituals, rites of passage, food, dance, language and religion. Slowly, a new Afro-Brazilian identity with a distinct set of cultural practices was born. With this new identity came the development of Capoeira, a practice that would years later be referred to as the art of liberation.