Rhythm is at the heart of Capoeira. The rhythm of Capoeira has evolved over the centuries and is essentially what guides the martial arts, dance, and acrobatic movements. The instruments are played live while the fight or sparring takes place. This sparring, called Jogo (game and pronounced Jo-go), is “played” in a Roda (meaning circle and pronounced Ho-da). The instruments are played in the Bateria providing the music and beat for traditional capoeira songs. Everything combines in a driving rhythm that supports the players and creates Axe (prounced A-shay): the spirit of Capoeira. The Jogo, Roda and Bateria is what fooled the slave owners into believing their slaves were simply playing, when in actuality they were honing their fighting skills and building strength.