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Next, we will learn Mestre Bimba’s Sequence #3!

mestre bimba sequence 3 - capoeira washington dc

Player One (Plain Pants) Queixada, Queixada, Cocorinha, Benção, Aú
Player Two (Striped Pants) Cocorinha, Cocorinha, Armada, Nevagtiva, Cabeçada
Step 1 The two players begin to ginga
Step 2 Player One steps forward (with the right leg)
Step 3 Player One attacks with Queixada but Player Two defends with Cocorinha
Step 4 Once Player One finishes the kick Player Two stands up
Step 5 Player One attacks with Queixada, Player Two defends with Cocorinha
Step 6 Player One finishes the kick and Player Two stands up ready to attack
Step 7 Player Two attacks with an Armada. Player One defends with Cocorinha
Step 8 Player One stands and attacks with a Benção. Player Two defends with Negativa
Step 9 If Player Two were to pull Player One’s leg he would fall badly
Step 10 Player One escapes with an Aú. Player Two attacks with Cabeçada

Again, here is the video for sequences #1-5. Look out for the techniques mentioned above in Sequencia #3:


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Next, we will learn Mestre Bimba’s Sequence #2!

sequence 2

Player One (Plain Pants) Martelo, Martelo, Cocorinha, Benção, Aú
Player Two (Striped Pants) Banda, Banda, Armada, Negativa, Cabeçada
Step 1 The two players begin to ginga
Step 2 Player One attacks with Martelo but Player Two tries to sweep him with Banda (but doesn’t!)
Step 3 Player One attacks again with Martelo (opposite leg) and once again Player Two tries to sweep him with Banda (but doesn’t!)
Step 4 Player Two attacks with Armada
Step 5 Player One defends with Cocorinha
Step 6 Player One stands and attacks with Benção
Step 7 Player Two defends with Negativa
Step 8 Player One escapes with an Aú
Step 9 Player Two attacks with a Cabeçada (while Player One is still in the Au)


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This week we have been practicing Mestre Bimba’s sequences. These are drills between two players to help learn how to put the movements together into combinations of attacks and defensive movements or evasions.

We’ll start with sequence #1:mestre bimba sequence 1 - capoeira washington dc

Player One (Plain Pants) Meia Lua de Frente, Meia Lua de Frente, Armada, Aú
Player Two (Striped Pants) Cocorinha, Cocorinha, Negativa, Cabeçada
Step 1 The two players begin to ginga
Step 2 Player One steps forward towards Player Two in order to be in the position to attack
Step 3 Player One attacks with Meia Lua de Frente, while Player Two defends with Cocorinha
Step 4 When Player One finished the kick Player Two stands up
Step 5 Player One attacks again with Meia Lua de Frente. Player Two defends with Cocorinha
Step 6 Player One finishes the kick but instead of taking the foot back to the ginga position, finishes with the foot forward in a position to attack with Armada
Step 7 Player One attacks with Armada
Step 8 Player Two defends with Negativa, positioning the foot behind Player Ones support leg, in order to take him down
Step 9 Player One escapes with an Aú
Step 10 Player Two attacks with a Cabeçada (while Player One is still in the Au)

 

Read more about the sequences here: Mestre Bimba’s Sequences

Practice the moves and learn more at our next Washington DC Capoeira class!

Great video — even if you don’t understand what they are saying, check out the moves!

This week during capoeria class, we received some lyrics to several of the songs commonly sung in capoeira, especially for our group Barro Vermelho.

Marinheiro So:

Parana E

Zum Zum Zum

No Mercado Modelo Tem Acaraje

I will post more as I find them. If you have any favorites or have used youtube to help you learn the lyrics, please post the links to the videos in the comments or in our Facebook group!

Did you know capoeira can burn up to 1,000 calories in an hour?

Or… that Halle Berry did capoeira to get in shape for Catwoman?

Learn a few basic moves and some fun facts about capoeira from Brett Hoebel (recently a trainer on The Biggest Loser).

Did you notice Brett’s form? He kicks his bênção with his heel out, and returns his foot to the back after each kick. Contra Mestre Bomba would approve for sure!

Pop quiz: Can you name any of the moves Brett does in the intro and outro? Leave your guesses in the comments.

Hat tip to student Ben for posting this video in our Facebook Group! Obrigada!!

I took a few videos of the roda we participated in last Saturday afternoon with Oficina da Capoeira.

 

 

This week, during our normal weekend capoeira class at All Souls (10:30 am – 12:00 pm on Saturdays) we spent our time learning an important aspect of capoeira beyond kicks, sweeps and ginga: the music.

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For those of you learning the music, the video below demonstrates some of the typical toques or rhythms of the capoeira pandeiro (tambourine):

If you’d like to learn more about capoeira music, check out Capoeira-Music.net. It’s got plenty of videos, recordings, written lyrics and tutorials for how to play the instruments we use in capoeira.

We would like to offer capoeira music classes on a regular basis that does not interrupt our regular schedule. Please let us know what schedule will work best for you by voting in this poll:

Continued from What is a typical capoeira class like? Part 1

Capoeira,South Bank

Capoeira, South Bank by Dale Harvey

If you’ve ever checked out youtube videos of capoeira you have probably thought something like, “That looks really cool, but there’s no way I could ever do that!”

Here’s a comparison: Do you ever watch the NBA and decide that basketball is too difficult to play? Or see the Super Bowl and think, “Nevermind about that co-ed flag football league, football is too hard!” Or even… watch the World Cup and quit your kickball league? Ok, maybe not that one.

But you get my point — there are all levels of capoeira, just like any sport, and we all start somewhere.  That starting point in any capoeira class is learning the basic kicks, blocks, sweeps and other moves. As you advance in your skills, you will improve your technique and flexibility, accomplishing more complex moves and combinations.

In a typical class, after we finish the warmup the students will practice the basics, which are the building blocks of capoeira regional: the ginga, au, role, esquiva lateral, cocorinha, martelho, ponteira, bencao, queixada, meia lua de frente and meia lua de compaso. Not sure what those are? Beginners receive special instruction on the first few kicks to start learning the names and proper form.

After that, we will drill combinations of these moves, such as combining au and martelho or quiexada and meia lua de frente. We also frequently do partner exercises where one capoeirista will practice an attacking move and the other will practice either a counterattack or an evasive maneuver. This type of practice helps you learn how to react when you are facing an opponent in the roda. 

Finally we finish the class with some stretching and ab exercises. Sometimes we will do a practice roda among students too.

Our classes are 60 minutes long on Tuesdays and Thursdays evening classes are both 60 minutes long (they start at 7 pm!) and so are the classes at BloomBars on the weekends (view the kids and adults capoeira class schedule here).

If you are looking for more impact, check out our Saturday morning classes. They are 90 minutes long, so we have extra time to practice new moves, drill the basics, and work with our fellow students.

Do you have a question about capoeira classes? Please let us know!

This week at class we have been practicing the beginning sequences of Mestre Bimba. According to Capoeira Cinco Seixos:

Mestre Bimba, the creator of the Regional style of Capoeira, created the first method to learn Capoeira, it consisted of a logical sequence of attack, defense and counter attack movements, put into a simplified form for the initiates.

It permitted the students to learn how to play with a strong sense of motivation and security. Jair Moura, ex-student explains, “These are a series of complete physical exercises and they are organized in a number of practical and efficient lessons for the beginner in Capoeira. They are executed inside a small with as little time as possible to convince the student of the value of the fight, as a system of attack and defense.”

The original complete sequences of learning were formed with 17 strikes, where each student executed 154 movements to 308, to condition the student physically and to teach specific motor skills to the practitioners. See more movements.

Here is a video showing Sequences 1 through 8:

You can find a complete step-by-step guide to all 8 of the above sequences at Capoeira Cinco Seixos website.

Why not give these moves a try at the next capoeira class here in Washington DC?