According to my knowledge of the planet, which comes solely from the Tekken and Virtua Fighter franchise, you must have dreadlocks in order to be effective at capoeira. Without them, you’re just a dude break dancing in the middle of the floor. Perhaps it’s just that Japanese game developers equate dreadlocks to Brazilian capoeira. They just can’t get over that albatross. That mold will never be broken, just like blondes in a fighting game must wear risqué outfits and have C cups with their own physics engine. No one is complaining. I was raised by a blitzkrieg of racial stereotypes Japanese game developers taught me. Now I just have to realize that not every old Asian man I see can shoot magic from their hands and do mid-air spinning rolls.
Anthony Pettis fits nicely in all of this, however. He’s dreadlock-free, yet he’s pretty decent at the capoeira stuff. Stereotype just demolished. Pettis, forcing the world to be just a bit more progressive. Now check him out in Brazil doing what he does best — flips, and other stuff you will never be able to do.