Bouts feature a pair of opponents who follow prescribed dancing and fighting patterns, in a circle. In early colonial Cuba, maní involved a solo dancer who danced within a circle of
opponents, who tried to strike blows as he executed various jumps and evasive steps. It later became a one-on-one form.
Although not as gymnastic as capoeira regional, it is much more similar to capoeira Angola, and to l'agya (a.k.a. damaye or mayolé) from Martinique and Guadeloupe. The footwork is similar
in theory to the Brazilian ginga, but has a more stomping motion.