So you've seen the Capoeira inspired movies, like Only the Strong and Capoeira: Fly Away Beetle. Perhaps you've come across top Capoeira Influencers such as Mestre Mindinho - who has been teaching Capoeira lessons in San Diego since 2002.
You may have just been walking around and stumbled upon street performers partaking in a very unique style of martial arts. Whatever the story about your initial introduction into the intriguing world of Capoeira may be - it has inspired you to explore deeper. Bringing you to this blog post. An article that will teach you about the Basic Capoeira Movements.
Let's get straight into it then. But firstly, we'd like to point out that it is advisable to have assistance or an instructor present when practicing these moves, as they may cause injury. Now, here's a look at 4 of the best Capoeira Moves for Beginners:
Ginga means "swing". The move is performed by swinging from side to side. It is a vital move in capoeira. Therefore, mastering the ginga is especially important for every capoeirista.
There are three parts of doing the ginga and they are as follow:
The first part of ginga is passada. Here's how it works:
Next, it is important to always maintain balance to allow for smooth flowing movements.
To achieve a steady balance:
Here, players have their own personalised move. There are no specific methods of doing this. It is merely the way a capoeirista may choose to defend themselves through the use of their arms and upper body.
Au is basically a cartwheel. In Capoeira, you can use the Au to maneuver around your opponent. It may also be masked as an attack.
Master your Au:
The steps are as follow:
Meia-lua de frente or front half-moon kick is a strong kick that allows you to attack the opponent from the front. It allows you to take down your opponent.
Here's how you do it:
There you have it. A few of the basic Capoeira moves to get you started.
If you are finding it difficult to wrap your head around all the fresh Capoeira terminologies - perhaps you will find it enlightening to read our guide on the 15 Basic Capoeira Terms Every Beginner Should Know.
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