Pronounced “may-ah loo-ah gee Fren-chee” the name comes from the fact that the the kick follows an arcing pattern from the outside to the inside passing in front of you. The Arc resembles a crescent moon or a half moon and the kick is done in front of you.
Many people who come for their first class learn this kick first. Meia lua de Frente is a simple kick that teaches some of the basic principles of capoeira. One such principle is using your momentum to throw a kick. The step forward generates force and gives power to your kick. Another concept is constant motion. Meia lua de frente can be performed from the ginga “swing”, and can also return to the ginga. There is no break in movement, and the transitions are smooth.
Step by step guide
- Meia lua de frente improves balance in your legs which translates to all kicks in Capoeira.
- It's a basic kick and one of the best for beginners.
- Start in the paralelo position and shift your weight onto your left leg.
- Now kick your right leg into the air from outside to inside.
- End in your deep squatted paralelo to regain your stability.
- From here you can make another kick with your right leg.
- The goal of this kick is to hit the opponent’s chin or side of the face, in some cases you can also use the kick to attack the abdomen of the opponent.