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Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art mostly known for its acrobatic movements and musical accompaniment.

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Is Capoeira mostly a performative art?

I understand that Capoeira's was originated from slave people in Brazil, so it was disguised as a dance, and most moves could be done with shackled hands. Today's Capoeira still stays true to these ...
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Is there any textual description available for the Cordao de Ouro Miudinho Sequences?

In response to my question, How can I improve my Capoeira low game other than "just doing it"?, the suggestion was made to try the Miudinho sequences as used by the Cordao de Ouro group. I'...
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How do I store an unstrung berimbau?

So, I finally own my own berimbau. I have successfully unstrung and restrung it a few times (although I'm still getting the hang of stringing it tightly enough). I've got a question though on how to ...
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What is the name of the side-turn defense in Capoeira?

It's the motion at the 3 second to 4 second mark here where the capoeiristra pivots so that their side faces their opponent and they're sitting back a bit. It's often done before a Queixada, ...
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How to counter martelo de negtiva

As can be seen in the video at 2:20, martelo de negtiva (capoeira kick) is considered a very lethal and fast kick. Is there a way to counter and defend against such a kick (not necessarily in capoeira)...
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Are painted berimbaus appropriate for music?

I recently put a berimbau on my Christmas list, having gotten back into Capoeira and wanting to be able to contribute to the music. A local has offered a handcrafted one for a price similar to what ...
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How can I improve my Capoeira low game other than “just doing it”?

I used to do Capoeira regional while I lived in Philadelphia. I now live in Pittsburgh where the primary game is Capoeira Angola. One of the issues I'm running into is that my low game is not great. ...
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How do I make my ginga flow better?

As noted in one of my earlier questions, I'm trying to get back into Capoeira. I'm trying to practice for 20 minutes or so each day, just going through the movements on my own in an empty room (the ...
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How do I make my ginga more stable?

As noted in one of my earlier questions, I'm trying to get back into Capoeira. I'm trying to practice for 20 minutes or so each day, just going through the movements on my own in an empty room (the ...
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When training spinning kicks, is it more important to prioritize control or height?

I am tremendously out of shape and out of practice, but I would like to get back to practicing Capoeira. Unfortunately, my schedule does not allow me to attend local classes, so I will have to train ...
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Flat footed resistencia

I've always been taught that when doing resistencia you should stay flat footed, but with passa a frente to go onto the balls of your feet and to have your knees closer together. Is there any ...
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Bottom leg Volta Por Cima

In Capoeira, I have always been taught to lead with the bottom leg when coming out of Volta Por Cima. Are there any practical reasons why the bottom leg is supposed to come around first, instead of ...
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Down a hand, looking for new martial art

A little over a month and a half ago I fractured a bone (Fifth metacarpal, AKA behind the pinky knuckle) in my right hand- an apparently fairly common injury known as a boxer's fracture. (Note: The ...
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Building shoulder flexibility for Queda de Quatro

I enjoy doing capoeira, but one of the escape movements is giving me a lot of trouble. In the Queda de Quatro, where one leans backwards into a crab walk position to avoid a blow, I can't seem to do ...
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How to avoid Capoeira PCL strain

I'm quite fit and no stranger to sports, cardio or weight training but I'm not the most flexible. So I gave capoeira a little try, just the basics. Ginga and some basic Esquiva. The thing is I ...
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How do i fix my Berimbau?

I have a berimbau verga that has cracked from the center while stringing it. Need a few tips how should i go about it; can I glue it up and thread it around the berimbau verga, would there be ...
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How do I fix a broken berimbau?

I have a berimbau verga that has cracked at the top. I've tried to glue or tape it it back together but the wood keeps cracking apart where the leather is nailed in. Does anyone have any suggestions ...
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How can I improve my “bananeira” (hand-stand / walk head-down)?

This is a very common capoeira movement and I've seen similar things in some kung-fu styles. I can do it for a couple of seconds (or 2,3 steps) for about two years now, but never managed to go past ...