California Beaches: Santa Monica

The original Muscle Beach isn't the exclusive domain of bodybuilders. Soccer players and other sports-minded folk turn out at the ocean-front site. Alfred Kendrick, in red pants, fights in an Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Batuque group. Capoeira is an martial art developed initially by African slaves in Brazil, starting in the colonial period. It is marked by deft, tricky movements often played on the ground or completely inverted; it also has a strong acrobatic component in some versions and is always played with music. Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times
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