Capoeira is a martial art that incorporates elements of dance, music, and acrobatics. It is thought to have originated in Brazil in the 16th century. Today, capoeira is practiced all over the world by people of all ages and backgrounds.
If you are new to capoeira, there are some moves that you need to know in order to get started. Below, we will show you the 5 most important capoeira moves that you need to know. With these moves, you will be well on your way to mastering this unique and exciting martial art!
1. The Ginga
The ginga is the most important move in capoeira. It is the foundation for all other moves and techniques. The ginga is a continuous movement that keeps you balanced and poised, ready to defend yourself or attack at any moment. To do the ginga, start with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent. From here, shift your weight from one foot to the other, rocking back and forth while keeping your body upright. As you become more familiar with the ginga, you can add arm movements and variations in speed and direction.
2. The Meia Lua de Frente
The meia lua de frente (or “half moon kick from the front”) is a kicks that can be used both as an attack and a defense. To do the meia lua de frente, start in a low stance with your feet together and your hands on your knees. From here, quickly raise one leg up and kick out with the heel of your foot, striking your opponent in the stomach or chest area. As you kick, rotate your leg so that your foot ends up pointing backwards (hence the name “half moon”). For additional power, you can jump into the air as you execute this move.
3. The Martelo
The martelo (or “hammer”) is a crescent kick that can be used to strike an opponent’s head or neck area. To do the martelo, start in a low stance with your feet together and your hands on your knees. From here, quickly raise one leg up and kick out with the bottom of your foot, striking your opponent in the head or neck area. As you kick, rotate your leg so that your foot ends up pointing backwards (hence the name “crescent”). You can execute this move while in the air as well.
4. The Rasteira
The rasteira (or “sweep”) is a low sweep kick that can be used to take an opponent off their feet. To do the rasteira, start by moving into a low stance with one leg extended behind you and one leg bent in front of you with your hand on the ground for support. From here, quickly sweep your back leg out behind you while kicking forward with your front leg, tripping your opponent in the process. For additional power, jump into the air as you execute this move.
Now that you know these five important capoeira moves, get out there and start practicing. With time and dedication, you’ll be executing these moves like a pro in no time. Remember to always warm up before practicing any martial art so that you don’t injure yourself. And most importantly – have fun! Capoeira is a unique and enjoyable activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds!