Cadeira

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A position in the ginga when both legs are squared off.

Move Background

The cadeira or paralelo is a low squat that shares many similarities with the horse stance found in Eastern martial arts. One arm protects the face while the other is extended out protecting the torso. Every time a capoeirista brings his feet parallel during a ginga, he enters this position.

Step by step guide

  • Depending on how the capoeira academy teaches it, it is usually a low position similar to one that a shortstop has right before stopping a ground ball.
  • One arm is protecting the face while the other is extended out protecting the other side.
  • Since it is essentially a low squat with the torso slightly bent at the waist, most of the core muscles are engaged to keep balance.
  • All attack, movements, and esquivas can flow seamlessly from this position including balança, au, queda de rins, martelo, resistência, and many others.

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