The Little Capoeira Book

Front Cover
Blue Snake Books, 2007 - Performing Arts - 225 pages
7 Reviews
Nestor Capoeira, a long-time teacher of capoeira and noted mestre (master), begins this revised edition of his bestseller with an in-depth history of the Brazilian art, giving the most popular theories for the origins and purposes of this movement that combines the grace of dance with lethal self-defense techniques in a unique game-song structure. He discusses some of the most famous capoeristas and their influence on the art. In addition, he describes how the two major branches of capoeira (Angola and Regional) came about and the differences between them.

The Little Capoeira Book’s clear descriptions of the game, or jogo, explain the actual application of capoeira, vaguely similar to sparring but very different in purpose and style. The music of capoeira, which is played during all jogo, is also examined, along with its main instrument, the berimbau.

The author includes a how-to guide with photographs showing basic moves for beginners, with offensive and defensive applications for simple kicks, takedowns, advanced kicks and movements, head butts, hand strikes, and knee and elbow strikes. Each technique is vividly depicted with drawings that are easy to understand and learn from, and mestre capoeira includes an explanation of both Angola and Regional versions.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: The Little Capoeira Book

User Review  - Charles Franklin - Goodreads

"The Little Capoeira Book" really captures the "spirit" of capoeira. After reading this book, readers will have a greater appreciation of the philosophy and the elements that make up capoeira (the ... Read full review

Review: The Little Capoeira Book

User Review  - Leandro Christian - Goodreads

This books gives idea for people what capoeira really are. As a capoeirista I still find many useful information from this book that I have never knew before. The book can be read by capoeirista and by public who doesn't know capoeira. Read full review


O Jogo The game
The Music
Learning Capoeira
Defensive Movements
Bi mb as Sequences
Final Words

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2007)

Nestor Capoeira, a man of great humor and insight, is a mestre and long-time teacher of capoeira and the author of Capoeira: Roots of the Dance-Fight-Game and A Street-Smart Song: Capoeira Philosophy and Inner Life. He was initiated by Mestre Leopoldina, a living legend. Later he joined the Senzala Group and in 1969 received the coveted “red rope,” Senzala’s hightest graduation. In 1990 he left Sanzala and started to teach his personal approach to the Game at his own school. He has been a pioneer in teaching capoeira in Europe, and his books have been published in Brazil, France, Denmark, Germany, and the United States, among other countries. He has worked in film, theater, and television, and currently teaches at the Planetario da Gaveae in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Bibliographic information