Essential Capoeira: The Guide to Mastering the Art
Fun, different, and above all effective, capoeira is a unique dance-fight-fitness program enhancing strength, stamina, and flexibility training for the entire body. While there are many books on the subject, this one differs in being a succinct yet thorough discussion of the basics to engage even the nervous novice. In clear, accessible language, author Mestre Ponchianinho explains the aims and benefits of the discipline, along with its history, origins, and philosophy. He continues by introducing the two main styles along with the techniques of the most famous mestres. Easy-to-follow warm-ups, basic moves, defense and escape moves, kicks, training combinations, strengthening exercises, ground movements; and more advanced acrobatic movements are all described and illustrated in step-by-step photographs. The author discusses the self-defense aspects, the importance of music in capoeira, the significance of the bateria, the hierarchy within the tradition, the grading system, and much more. Unlike other martial arts disciplines, capoeira lets practitioners give play to their artistry as well as their physicality, in the process sharpening the mind and spirit while energizing and strengthening the body.
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acrobatic African atabaque attack AU BATIDO balance bananeira base leg bateria batizado belt bencao berimbau Brazil bring your left bring your right cabecada Capoeira Angola Capoeira Regional Capoeirista ii CAXIXI chapa chest cocorinha contemporary Capoeira continue Contra-Mestre Cordao de Ouro E-mail elbow exercise fall flexibility floor focus forward front game of Capoeira ginga position head butt heel hips jogo ladainha left arm left foot left leg lua de compasso lua de frente lunge position maintain eye contact martial art meia lua Mestre Bimba MESTRE JOAO GRANDE Mestre Pastinha Mestre Suassuna Miudinho move muscles musical bow negativa oncoming kick opponent opponent's pandeiro ParanŠ ParanŠe partner performed Place your right practice protect your face push queda de rins quexada rasteira relaxed Repeat chorus resistencia rhythms right arm right foot back right knee shoulders songs speed spinning kicks squat standing position stretch styles of Capoeira Swivel tesoura traditional upper body warm-up Website