Let’s learn the capoeira kicks

Let’s learn the capoeira kicks

The capoeira kicks: The capoeira Angola is the name that refers to the traditional form of the sport. Indeed, nowadays, there are various styles of the capoeira. The two main ones are angola and regional. While the first one emphasis on the roots of the sport as a cultural ritual, the second has tried to focus on the sporty side of the capoeira, making it a game and putting rules in the roda. The Angola takes its origins  several centuries ago while the Regional has been created at the beginning of the 20th century.

The capoeira Angola takes its name from the fact that the capoeira was first practiced by African slaves in Brazil, and a great part of them would come from Angola, on the West Coast of Africa. They used the capoeira as a way to defend themselves against the Portuguese slave traders. They would improve their technique and train to be able to fight back the brutality of the Portuguese authorities. It was the solution they found to gain back their freedom.

The Africans decided to hide their combat training and make it look like a recreational dance that included spectacular backflips, cartwheels, and handstands. They could easily deceive the Europeans who did not think that these acrobatic practices were actually an impressive form of martial arts training. Even with their hands chained, the Africans could train to perfect their technique: this was mainly possible because 90% of the capoeira moves are based on kicking techniques.


The different kinds of capoeira Kicks

There are various styles in the capoeira kicks. But you can see that there are mainly circular and very versatile capoeira kicks. There are many factors involved in these moves. The style of the kick will be decided depending on what the intentions of the practitioners are. Plus, a practitioners of the capoeira has to always be in motion. Thus, the position the player will end up in after every kick is also really important. You have to support your bodyweight in numerous different positions. Plus, you will have to practice the techniques in slow motion as well as at full speed. That is why the capoeira requires you to develop the muscles used to kick and move your body.


The melva de compaso

The melva de compaso is one of the most powerful foot techniques (as well as one of the most famous ones). The name of the techniques means “half moon of the compass” in Portuguese. When you execute this move, your upper body has to drop toward the ground. The hands touch it for support. Once in this position, the player has to look through his legs to spot the target. The supporting leg turns on the ball of the foot while the kicking leg is locked straight. The foot travels in a circular motion and hit with the heel of the foot.


Heel Kick

Also called Bencao, the Heel kick is nearly as popular as the melva de compaso. You would give it with a pushing or thrusting motion. It is like you would give a front kick when training for karate or taekwondo. You would usually use your heel to kick, but you can use the entire bottom of the foot to push the opponent away. This technique can be used in various situation. It can be aimed directly at the opponent’s centerline. But it can also be used to stop the rhythm of the opponent’s circular motion of attack and counterattack.


Handstand kick

The handstand kick is called the au cortado. To execute it, the player has to launch his body into a one-arm handstand. Once in this position, they would execute a scissor-shaped motion with their legs in order to hit the opponent on their head or ribs. By turning their body before the beginning of the handstand, the player would add a spinning motion to the capoeira kicks.


There are many other capoeira kicks you can learn during your training. Get your capoeira outfit, end let’s get started!


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