Esquiva

Level: Beginner | Style: Mixed Style

Tutorials, Step By Step guide, Tips & Follow Along Video

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Literally escape or dodge.

Move Background

Esquivas are integral to the game of capoeira. Not only do they serve to avoid kicks, but they also help set up attacks and allow for fluid movement around the roda. Capoeira as a martial art depends on constant movement, so it’s only natural that when you esquiva, you are also moving and setting up your attack.

Step by step guide

  • Many forms exist but all involve moving the head and torso out of the way of an attack.
  • Esquivas distinguish capoeira from many other martial arts for the simple fact of going along with flow of the attack and releasing an equal or more devastating attack.
  • Many of the attacks in capoeira are fully committed kicks that would cause more injury blocking them instead of dodging them.
  • Blocking attacks upset and imbalance the flow of the game making esquivas more common in rodas.
  • Blocks do sometimes occur when one player is so caught off guard that they are used instinctively.
  • The most common situations being against hand attacks.

Variations on Esquiva

Learn Capoeira Move Esquiva Baixa
Esquiva Baixa

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Beginner
Sub Type : Esquiva

Learn Capoeira Move Passo a Frente
Passo a Frente

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Beginner
Sub Type : Esquiva

Learn Capoeira Move Vale Meu Deus
Vale Meu Deus

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Intermediate
Sub Type : Esquiva

Learn Capoeira Move Cocorinha
Cocorinha

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Beginner
Sub Type : Esquiva

Learn Capoeira Move Esquiva Diagonal
Esquiva Diagonal

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Beginner
Sub Type : Esquiva

Learn Capoeira Move Esquiva Lateral
Esquiva Lateral

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Beginner
Sub Type : Esquiva

Learn Capoeira Move Esquiva De Lado
Esquiva De Lado

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Beginner
Sub Type : Esquiva


Other defense

Learn Capoeira Move Negativa
Negativa

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Beginner
Sub Type : Negativa

Learn Capoeira Move Rolê
Rolê

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Beginner
Sub Type : Role

Learn Capoeira Move Negativa de Angola
Negativa de Angola

Style: Angola
Level: Beginner
Sub Type : Negativa

Learn Capoeira Move Negativa Da Regional
Negativa Da Regional

Style: Regional
Level: Beginner
Sub Type : Negativa

Learn Capoeira Move Negativa Derrubando
Negativa Derrubando

Style: Regional
Level: Beginner
Sub Type : Negativa

Learn Capoeira Move Cutilada de mao
Cutilada de mao

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Beginner
Sub Type : Cutila


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