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Axe Capoeira shares a taste of Brazilian martial arts at the Ethnic Festival

Feijoada, a black bean stew, served with oranges, collard greens and manioc flour, is considered Brazil’s national dish.
Feijoada, a black bean stew, served with oranges, collard greens and manioc flour, is considered Brazil’s national dish. jsilva@kcstar.com

This weekend while I was helping to chop collard greens for the feijoada and mixing up passion fruit punch for thousands of visitors to the Ethnic Enrichment Festival, I took a few minutes out to talk to the founders of Axe Capoeira Kansas City, Ronald “Preguica” Harvey and Eric “Relogio” Agson.

Brazilian capoeira is a style of martial arts that combines combat moves, song and dance. Axe Capoeira includes classes for children and adults. The group is a popular fixture of the annual festival in Swope Park that features performers representing more than 60 countries.

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