Ginga: the most basic movement of Capoeira.

Instead of taking a fixed stance, you have to keep moving all the time; all the other moves derrive from this dance-like pattern. Ginga becomes soon second nature and provides great potential for unpredictable 3D movement and fake attacks. I have no idea how to explain the Ginga properly; probably I'll release a tiny QuickTime movie later on.

handstand: practice practice practice! It's very stylish and part of many defensive/offensive movements. If you never ever tried it, start with swinging up at a wall. Don't look at your hands, keep your eyes on the opposite wall instead. Once you get the feeling for it, try a handstand without support. If you are about to topple over, lift one hand and find your balance again. Occasionally that won't work; then try to roll over or -even better- lift one palm, use your other hand as a pivot and gently step down in the opposite direction.(example: lift your left hand, turn clockwise for 180 degrees, put it down again, lower one leg, touch the ground, lower the other leg, get up and always keep smiling:). No problem you say? Then try to...
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get up into handstand from a squatting position. get up into handstand from a cartwheel. get up into handstand from a headstand. get up into handstand from a macaco. get up into handstand with a 180 deg turn. combine the above. walk on your hands. Forwards (where the heels are) is easier than backwards. clap your feet to the rhythm of the Berimbau. Straddle your legs both back and forth and left and right. Straddle your legs and twist your hips for 90 degrees. go into handstand and squat with your legs in the air. stretch your legs into an angle with your body (big inverted "L"). stand on one hand. spin on one hand (e.g. starting from a one-handed Compassa). combine the above. get down into a headstand. get down into a Queda de Rins. get down with a handspring.

Queda de Rins: "stand on the kidneys". Begin as if you wanted to go into a headstand; crouch. Turn both your knees that they face your right elbow. Shift your weight over your left hand, then lower your head. Place the area above your left hip on your left elbow and let the left side of your head touch the ground. Slowly raise your legs and put your right knee at your right elbow to a rest. Both legs are now drawn up. The picture on the right shows an example of how the Queda de Rins can be put to good use in Capoeira. In the image we start from a Queda de Tres but you can enter the QDR from Negativa, jumping in etc. as well. Drop down to one side but keep your body up by touching the ground with one hand and sticking the elbow into the flank of your body. Feels awkward at first because you have to twist your arm somewhat, better get used to that. Now lower your body further, stretch your free hand over your head and put it down as well. Then let your head touch the ground on its side; put it on the imaginary line between your two hands (Normally you need not put everything in a straight line but for this trick it makes getting up much easier). Your weight rests mainly over your support arm (the one that rams into your side) at this point. Time to get up again: Lift one leg (diagram: right leg) and move it in a straight arc over your torso. The other legs follows as well but concentrate on the first one for now. Get this first leg over your head and try to let its foot touch the ground on the extended line that goes through your hands. Stretch out your aching arm (image:left one) again, thus pushing yourself up (6th frame). This takes some muscular effort- later on when you get down the balance and perform the move with schwing it gets much easier. When your head's off the floor, push with both hands and get straight up.

Au: the cartwheel. Immensely important in Capoeira. Use it for a quick retreat or lure your partner into a trap.

Common Au: I assume everyone knows how to do this. In Capoeira remember to keep

I .he'll get punished by your lightning-fast legs. Now simply go down forwards or sidewards. so try to do it quickly (It shouldn't take more time than an ordinary cartwheel). later on. If you like to watch the difficult part of the exercise. Au with spin: Start an Au to your left side until you reach handstand position. Once you are 'airborne'.. Voila. you can train this move with great efficiency. fold your first leg towards your face and don't worry about the other one at first. If you attempt a cartwheel and your roguish partner goes for the Cabecada (headbutt into your stomach). twist your body a little bit upwards. move your head closer to the ground. you can try to keep it stretched. Au Malandro: I really love this one. grab the ground with one hand and jump. At the begin it's easier to keep the other leg bent. don't ever look at your hands. Small Au: Not so flashy but much more safe. Au into Queda de Rins roll: Do an Au. -BAFF. continue the movement to a handstand.• • • eye contact with your partner. There take off your left hand and spin on your right hand in clockwise direction.a Capoeira cartwheel. drop down into a Queda de Rins and roll over. Put your hands further apart. In the upper right-hand corner you can see a 'Macaco into Queda de Rins roll' animation. Now you twist your chest slightly upwards and do the jacknife movement with the upper leg. You will end up in negativa position. Now start as if you tried an Au (cartwheel). If all that poses no problem to you. doing the splits etc). At first. After turning ~270 degrees. Face your friend . This is a really tricky movement. Always be prepared to get knocked down by a Cabecada or Bênção. keep your knees bent and work strongly with your hips to shift your body's center of gravity over your head. both of you should grab each others arm (see pic: right arm to right arm). When you pass through the handstand position. go down as shown in the diagramm. For training purposes I suggest you get yourself a partner who can give you support. This is a cute style move that leaves you open for a brief moment. Later on you can try to delay the movement or even to freeze in handstand position. do an Au Malandro in the opposite direction and go down there. If you keep a firm grip on your partner's forearm (and vice versa). To pull off. take a look at my private homepage. Experiment with hitting above your head and to your front. try to have only one hand at a time on the ground. don't stay too long on both of your hands. try out various angles between your legs (striking with two legs.

Tesoura Angola. You duck below the kick and lift the arm on the side the kick comes from. You can shift your weight over your supporting hand and lean away from the other Jogador if he comes too close. Queda de Tres: While the Cocorinha is employed mainly in Regional. Always remember that you may never touch the floor with your bottom. Let's assume your partner launches a Rabo de Arraia at you and you decide to evade with a Queda de Tres (described above). Cocorinha: A way of avoiding circular kicks at a close distance. else you could easily be pushed over. The remaining hand protects the head from kicks that come from the side which are more likely to occur in Capoeira Angola than in Capoeira Regional. move forward again and carefully get up etc. aiming directly at your face. Make sure your entire soles have contact with the floor. The other hand touches the ground and gives you balance. Unlike the Cocorinha. From there on you can do the Rolê. To perform the Qdea de Quatro you glide gracefully backwards onto your hands (coming from the Queda de Tres) and walk away on your hands until your legs are stretched. or you can go into Queda de Rins. cross your stretched legs and attack with a Rabo de Arraia. thus protecting your head (Lift it higher than the man on the right!). . You go along with the kick when your friend suddenly changes legs and performs the Rabo de Arraia in the opposite direction. Negativa. Rolê to to keep the game flow smooth. Queda de Quatro: The Queda de Quatro is a way of dodging kicks and typical for Capoeira Angola. You crouch on your toes and put one hand diagonally behind for better balance. Angoleiros favor the Queda de Tres instead.strongly recommend (as for all other movements too) practising the move in both directions. the Queda de Tres requires you to turn your body away from the partner a little bit (the scribble on the right shows the move viewed from the front). And keep eye-contact.

. pull yourself a little forward with your hands. Put your head in upright position down on the floor (- . exchange the position of your feet. You can drop into the Negativa from the Ginga. whatever. To come back into Ginga. Now 'flow' to one side. Try to touch the floor only with both of your hands and your feet. close in. but do it as deep as possible.. That's for reasons of safety. a Queda de Rins. Martelo or Meia Lua de Compasso. From here on you have all the rolê move variations at your disposal. do everthing in the opposite direction. If you are down in the Negativa. Basically it's a way of avoiding kicks (see Cocorinha) but can be done for its own sake as well.. similar to the Cocorinha (feet are a bit further apart). in the direction the incoming kick goes. just keep it fluid. When you're down in the Negativa Angola and your partner is standing rather close to you. However. from an Au. Scroll down to the rolê or the Meia Lua de Compasso to see how the movement continues after the the third image. with the toes pointing to the side. Gain better balance by touching the ground with the one hand on the side of your stretched leg. because if someone kicks at or falls onto your knee with your foot pointing upwards your leg could get broken in a very nasty way. there's a variant that is used exclusively in Capoeira Angola. the other hand behind your back. This kind of the Negativa is fundamental to Capoeira play in general. The other leg is stretched (or only little bent). go into Au/Head/ Handstand. look up the item below for reference. Your one hand gives support in front of your chest. Negativa Angola into Headstand-Au. Shortly before your head touches the floor you have stop the movement and remain in this position.. do a Macaco. This is a great setup for a Rabo de Arraia (Meia Lua de Compasso with both hands on the ground). change orientation. Coming from the Ginga you step parallel and move down.. You have one leg bent and your weight should be balanced on its football. retreat. The leg on the upper side is stretched. • • • • The Negativa Angola shows all trademarks of a classic Angola: you are bent really deep down.. Looks like a pushup where you have your body twisted to one side. you can rolê away. The other leg can protect the head if necessary. The lower leg of your bent leg travels forward so your leg gets stretched.Negativa (Stance): Very important because of the vast range of follow ups. attack with an S-Dobrado. both feet and both hands touch the ground but everything else floats closely above. the other leg is bent.

You need not rolê into the Ginga stance. Now try to push/pull yourself over into headstand and get down on the other side.strain on neck). If you now take off your rear leg.the basic method of moving around in the Roda. It's perfectly right to rolê closer to the ground into Negativa position again. when your body is facing away. To put it in other words: do the Rolê but lift your rear leg a little higher and keep it stretched when turning. hit with the instep and put it down after rotating 180 degrees. Try to do it very slowly in training so you learn to control it better. look through between your legs to keep your partner within your field of vision. so you . Finally take off your left leg and swing it around as well. else you could eat an Armada. Better keep your upper body low until you finished the rolê. it's called S-Dobrado. Rolê: This 'rolling' motion is -together with the Ginga and the Au. rotate for 180 degrees and put it down behind. This is basically an ordinary Rolê but with a Meia Lua de Compasso tossed in. Here we have the Rolê combined with the Martelo. Start from the Negativa. P. Just stand up from the Negativa but keep your hand on the ground. it should soar through the air. it should resemble a very deep Au with the head on the ground. Easy and useful. If you do the same movement with jumping off. let your head hang down. Now put your other hand on the floor and swing your right leg around. Left hand gives support. Continue the Rolê movement as described above. Keep your eyes fixed at your partner for the entire movement. This creates tension around the hips on the side of your rear leg.S. The diagramm to the right shows the Rolê from the Negativa into the Ginga. Easier to do if you are further away. always the side with the stretched leg) and shift your weight a little forwards. Lean to the side you're going to rolê to (image: left. Push yourself up by stretching your bent leg while rotating along the axis of your left leg until your chest faces the ground.

your bent knee should be the highest part of your body. Just think of a Rolê where you strike with the heel of the leg that was stretched in the Negativa. If you did it right. shift your weight over your hands and jump into straddle position. When the kick has passed by. so you don't lose your . Make sure you upper body half is really deep down. Aim for the groin or head.can role towards your partner instead of escaping him. Meia Lua de Frente: Coming from the Ginga you lift your rear/relieved leg and move it in a half circle motion. the hands remain on the floor. you pulled away your partner's foot and sent him down. Negativa (Takedown): By employing the Negativa you can elude your partner's kick as well as let him kiss the ground. Here's the description for the proper execution of a Meia Lua de Compasso. don't simply strech your leg but work with your arms and standing leg as well to achieve a long range. Queda de Rins. Chapa de Costas: Move of Capoeira Angola. Simply bend one knee and dive away in the direction the kick goes. To maintain balance move your arms in the opposite direction. from the Rabo de Arraia etc. If the other one is far off. Slide with your other leg behind your opponent's pivot leg and hook in there. Do it of the Role.

follow it with your eyes.orientation. In practice you can be supported by two people who grab you under your thighs and at your back. If everything goes straight you will land in a handstand. then let it gently float to the right and put your right foot finally down in front of you. then go back into inital position. but at first you should simply step down.repeat step one but do it with more power. don't ever bend your hips! Pull your right hip up. During the Meia Lua de Frente. focus it throughout the whole sequence. Remember to hit with the instep. bend the kicking leg and pull it back into the position of the Ginga (parallel or step position). throw you head back and jump off with both legs. At this point you may decide either to continue the Escopado or to jump a Macaco (Be creative: I like doing an Escopado-into-Macacointo-headstand). dive down on your left leg and pull the other one in a circular motion around in front of you (Alternatively to the Escopado you can also opt for a Rasteira now). this technique allows dozens of variations. The kick itself is executed with the left leg which is dragged behind the rest rest of your body. don't jump off yet. the striking leg will fly by and you can turn . If done right. For this exercise you need the stretching of your shoulders and your spine.2. Then shift your weight over your right hand and drag up your right hip in one continuous. Put your right hand on the ground behind you. Say "two!" . stretch into bridge position as in scribble no. Stretch out your pelvis to achieve a better kicking height.3). your arms should always counteract (to) your leg movement. When you say "three!" you have to explode: pull your left hand fiercly over your head. S-Dobrado: SDobrado is a generic term. Now stretch out your left hand in front of you. they should be able to lift you gently over without any danger to your body.wave your left hand over your head. Say "one!" . To perform this kick from the Ginga simply grab the ground with your left hand. Once you can't move your leg any further without turning away from your partner. For the Escopado keep your hips wide open. Macaco: Sit down with your entire soles touching the ground. which leaves you open to 1000 possible movements described above. stretch out your knees. fluid motion (scribble no.

until the very end. Don't overuse it unless you want to make the Jogo more competitive and aggressive. you have to work very heavy with your hips. your partner doesn't know whether a Bênção. Ponteira: Looks similar to the Bênção but it's quite a different move. however you do not keep your leg stretched throughout the entire kicking motion. With the Bencao. Imagine you are wearing sandals and want to get rid of them. that would make your intention visible and leaves you prone to counter attacks. the Ponteira rather suits to Regional style because it's a lot faster and more unpredictable. you then throw your foot fiercly forwards in a snapping motion to shoot them away as far as possible (pic 3). your right leg never touches the ground. Hit with the sole. works very well if you want to surprise your opponent and catch him off-guard. avoid any edges. The leg does not come directly from the ground. it is easiest to execute with much swing and it hits in an instant. When you lift it first. Try to follow up the Ponteira with a Martelo or a spinned Chapa without putting your kicking leg down. The whole sequence consists of one single fluid motion. Lift your knee while stretching out the kicking leg so it gets extended to the maximum at the point of impact. Then slowly stretch your lifted knee and drag your virtual opponent behind. Bênção: A straight kick that still requires some skill. Hit with the foot ball. you first lift your knee very high then push your leg towards the opponent (foot trajectory is parallel to the ground). . And once again: You should be able to push your partner away not get him bruised. don't kick soccer-like. Again. The Ponteira doesn't require muscular effort. don't break your toes with it. Keep the movement round. kick him rather slowly but firmly. Don't try to snap. Whereas the Bencao is very common in both Regional and Angola. Pull up one knee and hunch your torso as if you tried to grab your partner.further to face your partner again. The Ponteira flies in a round arc from the floor to your partner's stomach/chest. a Martelo or some other mean kick will follow.

Always hit with the heel! Once your kicking leg is aligned parallel with your upper body. The movement can be slightly awkward when you do it only with force. Armada: The standard standing spin kick in . Take off your (old) front leg. When you step behind during the Ginga.Meia Lua de Compasso (Rabo de Arraia): Staple move. Unleash this power by taking off your rear leg. Bend your upper body inwards and down. Coming from the Ginga. drop your head so you can keep constant eye-contact with your partner. Your final position now mirrors the stance you started with. Armada or jumped Martelos. Don't let your arms hang down. common follow-ups are Queixada. it should fly around in a quick half-circle without any muscular effort. Reach down with your hands until your hips can't get twisted any further. By now great energy should be created by the tension you built up. Now throw your upper body around in the opposite direction while crossing with your rear leg behind your front leg. Proceed as shown in the diagramm on the right. Queixada: This kick (pronounced "kishada") is a great setup for kick combinations. but with constant training you will be able to deliver fierce single-handed Meia Lua de Compassos within fractions of a second.. It should fly in an arc without any muscular effort if you produced enough rotational power with your upper body.Meia Lua de Compassos are often answered with further Meia Luas. you turn your body slightly inwards to prepare some centrifugal force for the kick. finish the motion by rotating your entire torso until you face your partner again. This is one of the most common yet difficult moves. keep your feet where they are and shift your weight over your front leg (by stretching your rear leg). so try to relax and get in the flow. so you can easily do another Queixada in the other direction. Watch out that you don't get hit because of raising your head too early . keep them ready for loose protection of your head and use them to enhance the swing.

. just wait for a kick to pass by and quickly jump in with a Martelo. If done right. Finished? Put your leg down again. so get this part over quickly. Once you can't twist your torso any further. This . It is a crossing between the Mei Lua de Compasso (rotation) and the Queixada (hitting area. Contrary to the other kicks mentioned above. Basically you do the Martelo but pull your leg violently through and slam it into the ground right behind you. This kick is performed with the hitting leg's foot pointing straight up (The same applies to the Meia Lua de Frente and the Queixada). As usual. your hips should be aligned parallel with your kicking leg. Looks very simple yet it needs constant training. Your thigh should point straightly at your target (shoulder/head area). Remember to turn your hips as well. start from the Ginga. rotate for 270 degrees on your rear leg and for 180 degrees on your front leg. It requires good stretching of the legs and a fair sense of balance. keep your kicking leg's knee at roughly the same position. The Martelo is very Regional. He'd better rolê away. To prevent spinning away from your opponent move your arms in the opposite direction . release the tension by linting your rear leg. Queixadas in the opposite direction. Turn for about 90-180 degrees on your foot ball. Do you feel now why you need stretching of the legs? Lean back a little to keep balance. you now have to snap quickly with your lower leg. However it's a good way of interrupting an opponent who is stuck in endless spinning kicks. posture).just compare diagramm 2 to 3 (this protects head area as well). very competitive. Now quickly throw your upper body around until you see your partner again. Martelo: Common kick in Capoeira Regional. Meia Lua de Compassos etc. Turn inwards on your heels (or foot balls). Lift your knee as it is seen in the Bênção movement. brute and unaesthetic. Hit with the instep. Put your foot at rest in the same position you started with. You can now follow up with further Armadas. You will lose eye contact with him for this moment. it should get dragged along very fast as your body is untwisting. quick. Martelo Rotado: Compare it to the Rolê+Martelo move described somewhere above..Capoeira. Or do it from the side your partner is going to step with the Ginga to.

Because of the arrangement of frames one could believe that you have to jump far to the front. Martelo Rotado (jumping):Now the common jump kick of Capoeira. it's better to stay stationary (still depends on situation). Keep your head at facing your partner until the kicking leg rests on the floor. 2. then work on speed. You start as if you did an Armada. stick rather to Armadas and Meia Luas for setting up a game of call and response. Hit with the instep. Although this expanation makes the move sound rather stiff it's a very smooth and fluid motion with no stop in between. Rotate (both feet now grounded) till you face your partner again.kick has to be done fast and with force. lift up your knee. Meia Lua de Frente etc. pic 7) and go back into the Ginga. the Martelo Rotado. In the picture the kick is executed in the opposite direction compared to the scribble of the standing Martelo Rotado. As you spin around. Don't kick with your foot pointing up (like Armada. Pull down your second leg and put it to rest behind. Still don't overuse it. Study the Martelo explanation everything as described there. Stick to the first line of pictures first. Unleash the tension by taking off your first leg (the kicking one if you did an Armada). Keep it bent at first. gain momentum by pulling with your hips. Wave your arms around the other way (compare pic 3 to pic 4). try to execute the strike in the same way as with the standing Martelo Rotado. Open your hips on the side of your second leg. . the descriptions of the normal Martelo. Try to get it technically right. accelarating all the way. then pull it powerfully around (where it gets stretched and hits like a whip). keep it bent now. Now throw your upper body around (untwisting your torso. the second leg gets dragged behind. Instead of putting the leg down you pull it powerfully down to the ground behind you. Don't travel too far.. First. Now while the second leg flies around you gently land on your first leg. Lean back a little with your torso and jump off with your support leg.). twist your upper body so that you get your partner back into view and to generate lots of tension. it's not very good to start with when both you and your partner just ginga but if you want to have the last word in a frenzy exchange of kicks throw the move as fast as you can. Since it is the kicking leg. Note: 1. Not too difficult if you practiced the other kicks before. Then turn on your foot ball while stretching out your kicking leg. don't bend them there. Don't let that confuse you.

a circular kick coming your way from the left. lift it up a little bit and push it in the direction of your partner's chest (watch picture). Stretch your left arm as far as possible and move it over your head until your hand touches the ground. Always move in the same direction as the kick goes.and then deliver the blow out of the rotation in a straight line. you put for instance your right foot from behind into parallel stance. Keep your left leg stretched and hook in behind your partner's supporting leg (the lower you hook in the better the leverage). it's time for the pull. 'a' like in 'car'. The move is strictly a 'go in-pull out' kind of motion. aka spinned Chapa. Rasteira: Pronounce Hashtera. that would only hurt both of you. and we complete the movement by swinging our left foot around . You can do it from behind as well. At the Escorão (from the front). Then when you reach the apex/peak. where you have to spin -similar to the armada. you have to hit with the sole but your body takes a sideways/lateral(?lack of vocabulary!) stance. The most common way of taking someone down. You lean back even a little more. drag your left leg along. Or do a Esporão. If you can feel your opponent's heel on your left foot. feel free to email me (or perhaps I'll ask my teacher tomorrow). The power doesn't come mainly from your leg. except for the hooked foot your leg should be totally relaxed. Since you are stretched from your left hand down to your left foot. Gain balance by putting down your right hand somewhere on the imaginary line you're going to pull along. Then you turn your body a little bit to the right.The second line shows a one-legged MR. It's applied against all kinds of incoming kicks. your left leg is automatically dragged along. Note: don't sweep your partner's feet away in an arc-like movement. This one is quite hard: You have to jump really high and delay the rotation as long as possible. Now you land on your kicking leg first which by now has overtaken your first one. it's simple to execute but hard to time. crossing your legs as with the Queixada and then throw the kick. Your partner should start to fall right now. Your right knee should point straightly away from your target (requires good stretching). Escorão/Chapa: The Escorão is a kick that is somehow similar to the Bênção and the Martelo. you have to pull off the kick so violently that you complete the rotation still in the air. for example. bend down to the right. Keep your weight over your right foot while trying to get your left foot behind the attacker's supporting leg. Do it as followed: If there's. Keep your left arm above your head. However I'm not sure what the arms do during the motion. if someone knows exact details.

Escorpiao: Mind you this is not a very common attack and it should only be used if you are very certain that it will surprise/ hit/leave you unharmed. Again. Regional variant: Keep your back straight. you have to pull far more harder. Rabo de Arraia). kicking means to deny the challenge and take the safe/cheap route. You end up with only your hands and feet touching the ground but everything else hanging down. that's when there's little weight over his supporting leg. like a spring you drop down. Do an Entrada. Twist your hips towards the other player. but if it is done in the proper situation everything's fine. Duck as if you simply want to evade a move. Keep your hands crossed loosely in front of your face. Advanced players also aim at the opponent's head (chin and nose). The Rasteira is very timing-dependent. take aim and thrust yourself at your partner's stomach. Of course it's perfectly feasible to knock someone out of a handstand with a Bencao. but since a handstand is thought as a provocation. Get close to the ground. handstands and headstands but also against some kicks (Meia Lua de Compasso. ready to explode. Gain momentum by stretching your rear leg and strike in a straight line. bend your knees and lean over. Extend your legs suddenly into his direction. you should keep eye- . legs spread a little bit. Arms remain stretched. Aim at the solarplexus region of your partner. Now don't try this step by step but instead in a continuous motion without a break. They should provide protection from surprising knee-strikes or accidental spastic movements of your partner.and stepping back with the right leg. Cabeçada: The Capoeira Headbutt. Do the pull when your partner is throwing his leg up in the air. get small and then shoot out with force -doiiing! The problem with the move is that you break the basic handstand rule of Capoeira of never showing your back to your opponent. Angola variant: Keep everything low. Now jump up into handstand but but keep your legs drawn up. When his kick has already passed the vertex (?). The Cabeçada is applied mainly against Aus. then put both your hands in front of you. step slightly forward.

Step with your left foot beside your partner's right foot and cross your other leg behind. The throw itself works very well when applied at the proper moment. The idea is to trap the other player between your legs and lever him over. lift off your right hand and do the rolê over your partner's stomach. This is much easier if you start with your partner not directly to your front but more to the left or right. Now your partner should start to fall over behind. Once the other one moves in and attempts to land a. Meanwhile use your elbow to prevent him from escaping to the front. Once you are properly aligned. you have to place your right foot right beside your friend's right one. throw your left arm fiercely around. The player who gets thrown with a Tesoura is . However. don't simply drop down but draw you legs up again actively and with force while going down (see 5th picture). get behind your opponent (see scribble No.1) with the other one. If he struggling to get free you may nail him with your left knee in his belly and fake a knee strike (right leg) at his face (last picture). Vingativa: Fancy movement. say Armada. it will provides you with great satisfaction. If you get it through. Get your crotch(?) really close to your partner's with your partner throughout the movement. At the end you should get down as fast as possible because you are in a very vulnerable position. this resembles the inital Vingativa position except that your legs get crossed and you plant your feet just the other way round. the left hand can be also put down if you like to. but your head keeps looking at the opponent. Stand firmly on your right leg. Now shift your body weight from your right leg to your left one and watch your partner slowly falling backwards. you must be really quick to get the timing right. This should make your upper body and finally your hips and legs rotate to your left (counter-clockwise). Your upper body is facing rather downwards. Rotate further on until your left hand touches the ground. Tesoura: translates as 'Scissors'. because the throw works better when performed with the thighs rather than with the lower legs. The right hand stays firmly on the ground. therefore the Entrada in the beginning (Does this make sense to you?).

If he does the Au to your front side. perhaps next time). you should try to jump in with a Tesoura. pull your higher leg through underneath and aim your kick him at the stomach/chest area (3rd picture). In this case the right leg flies straight at the back of the knees while your left leg is aiming at the stomach area. but Queda de Rins. It's executed in a similar fashion to the TA. so do it with caution and only if your partner can deal with such a situation. yet legs are closed so you fit through. it's rather a challenge you propose to your partner. (A) Tesoura from standing (B) Tesoura jumped in (recommended) Tesoura Angola: Better don't do this move in a Roda of Capoeira Regional unless you like getting jumped in the back from above. crushing on the knee from above at a bad angle etc. Mind you this is elegant yet very rough if not applied properly. Your further actions depend on your opponent's reaction: To him the most obvious way of escaping is making an Au to your backside. either way. You may start the motion from wherever you like. Watch your fellow Capoeirista over your shoulder and push yourself in his direction with the help of your hands. This version of the Tesoura is a good example for the playfulness of Capoeira Angola. Your feet slide across the floor in an attempt of trapping your partner between them. If he tries to flee through the backdoor (watch diagramm) you can get on him by rotating your body on one hand and the lower lying leg.. de Tres or de Quatro are all good occasions. Alternatively try a Cabecada. others like to get up violently. Spread you legs a little and face the floor with your front. Now turn your chest to one side so that your body gets twisted down to your hips.advised to make the fall as soft as possible and to cross his arms in some distance in front of his face because of a possible incoming Joelhada (knee blow). Although you might use it for quickly approaching your partner and throwing him with the scissors move described above. Another nice method of countering the Tesoura Angola is sliding through between the attacker's legs with legs first (I forgot drawing a picture. Mean people lift their heels when their feet pass by underneath the attacker's face. cause that's where your eyes can't follow him easily. Or try to catch him with with a Cabecada. although your right leg doesn't touch the ground at all. Once you master this move and your partner got accustomed to the many hard falls. Let your body hang through but nevertheless keep up some tension. I have even seen an . kick him Bênção-like with your lower lying leg. but then timing may be critical. The only body parts that make contact with the ground are your feet and your hands. The move stays basically the same. This is much more safe to you because if you do it the other way your victim could hurt your tripping leg during the fall.

don't do anything except standing up. I do so since the girl I intented to throw over with a Cruz did a Macaco backwards and kicked me with her support leg right into my jaw (Hi there Julia!). The diagramm shows the move the way I was told.advanced player rolling over the attacker's back when he got approached by a Tesoura Angola. This is Cruz viewed from above. and I found it very practical and useful since then. Try to fall to the side and dampen the fall with your hands. If you get trapped with a Cruz by someone else. doing a Au-like motion. Still it's a nice way to enter a . Now simply get up again and watch your opponent fall. I adapted it from the lessons I had in gymnastics. Spread your arms so his leg cannot escape to the side. trap it on your back. To avoid getting accidentally hit by the supporting leg during the throw you have to shift your head to the right side. If there are any other variations I'd be glad to get emails from you. don't fall on the back of your head as the Capoeirista on the right does. Style Moves Backflip: I didn't learn this move at Capoeira. If you're already there. but that had been a joking Roda anyway:) Cruz: The Cruz (cross) is an elegant way to evade an incoming Bênção or Ponteira and throw the partner at the same time. Instead of pushing the kicking leg away you bend down and slide under it. you have to roll your head to the other side so that you end up as in the second picture. If you perform the Cruz and and your position is that of the first picture.

The main power for jumping off doesn't come from your feet but from your thighs.Roda. the sudden burst should travel straight through your legs into your heels.and downwards but remains perpendicular to the ground. 2. Have a friend at each side of yours who grabs you at your back (>support) and under your thighs (>rotation). With every further try jump off a little more until you need no active support from your friends anymore. Throw your arms back as far as possible. take a further step. reverse the swing of your arms. fall backwards and let them carry your whole weight. touch the ground with one hand. What makes this fun to watch is the fact that you don't change your position with this move. bend back. Stand straight. do an Au to the back. Ask two friends for help and try this out on a soft mat in a gym hall. keep them stretched at all costs. there's a high risk of injury if you don't take proper precautions. If you did right the above. Now sit down as if there were a chair behind you. Your second hand travels rather behind your head than in front of your face. step down. and start over. Once your posture consists of two 90 deg. At the same time. learn . throw them from behind in a wide circle far over your head. do the following actions at the same time: 1. keep your lower legs at exactly the same position. Stretch out your legs as quickly as possible. knees). Place them in such a way that you jump off from the hard one but land with your hands on the soft one. Mind you this transcends Capoeira Basics. keep your arms stretched in front of you. swing your stretched arms down and behind (see diagramm). It's hard work but can be mastered. Very important: don't move your knees forward. Today I do it on concrete one after the other. Your upper body shifts back. I don't want to feel guilty for any accidents of yours. Thanx. and throw your head back as well (you should see where you land after all). At your first try let your friends do all the work. Throw one leg back and the other one in an arc around. For training purposes get yourself a soft and a hard gym mat. angles (hips. everything left is pretty obvious: you land on your hands but the rotational power pulls your legs down (either one after the other or both at the same time). Common follow ups are further backflips or backwards somersaults. They should put you gently down in handstand position. Doing the backwards Au from standing/walking is rather difficult. following an Au or Macaco or doing it on its own. yet I don't dare to finish with a somerault yet:] Please do this really carefully. just move your thighs. Do it really fiercly. because it's the only way to gain the necessary rotation. Headspin animation: Like the Backflip this was destined to go to the style section. Au de Costa: You walk along. it's not BBoy style but a 'rough and ready' method that works well for me.

The spinning power of the second handstand comes through the S-Dobrado when your second leg (outer) leg overtakes your first one.) but drew it completely out of my memory and imagination. I am not jealous or anything but I spent the last two weeks at the computer creating this GIF-file and I don't want to see them on every Tekken 3 page on the web without credits or anything. Before his left arm gets too twisted he switches to his right arm and steps down with his right leg (the kicking leg). so I let him spin around and do an Au back to where he started. Recently I came across some pages which use some of my animations. the Meia Lua should be faster and everything could be a bit more accentuated and dynamic. When the Capoeirista went through his second handstand I noticed that the image has travelled too far to the left. I did not use any reference material (video etc. Often people act politely and ask before they copy the cartoons. Yet I would like to have this particluar animation as an exclusive on my page. Try all kinds of variations: Do the Queda de Rins part to the other side (better way of getting away).. Handstand whirling: This animation took me quite some effort. Don't get me wrong...140 I only wanted to finish the damn thing. jump the Macaco into headstand. It's just a random combination of two typical Capoeira moves and not a special motion per se. Thanks. The Capoeirista steps forward with his left leg. although I initially wanted to make a simple handstand spin. Macaco into Queda de Rins: Ok this isn't really new. jump into handstand. Also I improvised throughout the entire drawing process. Now . So what is the guy on the right doing anyway? Let's start right after his leg swing (left hand down to right leg). that's why the boy shakes around.the plain Macaco first..?" and so I added the second S-DobradoMacaco-spin. I simply took the Capoeira symbol from my Homepage. move down but do a kip(?) to get up again etc.. do a headspin. the spin starts only when the figure is already standing upside down. I soon thought "wouldn't it be cool if. Sadly this isn't evident at all in my animation. Instead of finishing the kick he takes the kicking leg upwards and jumps off with his supporting leg and starts spinning. but after drawing frame no. causing your body to rotate. crosses with his left hand to his rear leg and starts a Meia Lua de Compasso. There are some glitches I am not all too happy with: speed-wise I did't optimize the animation too well. and I'm perfectly happy with them putting my pics on their site. endless possibilities open up. Still the Au didn't cover enough ground so I needed some frames to close the gap between animation start and end..

a modern Sisyphos who performs eternally to the amusement of us all. After taking a cute posture he steps forwards again to start all over. . The Capoeirista has now finished the spin and gets down again. however the second leg soon catches up and overtakes the first one from behind (starting a handstand spin). Just for style he rotates on his right leg and connects into an Au to get back into starting position. This rotation is roughly the same as the one shown at the top of the Basics section under the 'Au' item (third example). twisting his body a bit so he can face his partner again. Down there he shifts his weight to the other side and changes the orientation of his legs (stretched-bent) and pulls the now stretched one in a powerful arc to his side and up into an S-Dobrado/Macaco/Au.he could deliver a Bencao if his opponent closed in. His front leg flies upwards while his rear leg is delayed. Look there for details. but our friend decides to take the second leg down as well and pulls it to his front side into a Negativa.

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