Chamada – The Capoeira Game Within a Game

Chamada – The Capoeira Game Within a Game

Chamada (pronounced sha-ma-da) is an integral part of the capoeira game. A chamada is essentially a challenge issued by one player to another. It can be done at any time during the game and usually results in both players leaving the roda (circle) to face off against each other in a mini-game. Chamadas can be for fun or for keeps, and often result in some friendly (or not so friendly) banter between opponents. We’ll take a closer look at chamadas, how they work, and why they’re such an important part of the capoeira game.

What is Chamada?
Chamada is a move in which one capoeirista calls another out of the roda, or circle. Chamada can be used as an offensive move, to set up an opponent for an attack, or as a defensive move, to create space between you and an opponent. It can also be used to deceive an opponent; for example, a capoeirista might feint an attack and then use chamada to pull their opponent off balance.

How do Chamadas Work?
Chamadas are initiated when one player calls out to another player in the roda.

There are three main ways to make a chamada:

1)The first way is to extend your arm and beckon the other player to come closer. This is the most common way to make a chamada.

2)The second way is to make eye contact with the other player and nod your head. This is a more subtle way to make a chamada.

3)The third way is to clap your hands and call out the other player’s name. This is the most assertive way to make a chamada.

The called player has three options at this point: they can accept the challenge and step out of the roda to face off against their opponent, they can refuse the challenge and stay in the roda, or they can leave the roda entirely. If both players accept the challenge, they will square off against each other in a mini-game. The winner of this mini-game gets to stay in the roda while the loser must sit out for a predetermined amount of time.

Why are Chamadas Important?
Chamadas are important because they add an element of fun and excitement to the capoeira game. They also give players an opportunity to test their skills against others in a safe and controlled environment. In addition, chamadas help to build camaraderie and sportsmanship among capoeiristas (capoeira players).

If you’re thinking about starting to play capoeira, make sure you understand how chamadas work so that you can fully enjoy all that this amazing game has to offer!

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