Capoeira – Martial Arts to Prepare For a Brazil Vacation

It’s commonly acknowledged that if you share something in common with people from your travel destination, you’ll have no problem connecting with locals. Surfing in Australia, cricket in India, tango in Argentina; there will always be a lively discussion around the next corner if you’re an enthusiast or a practitioner.

One of the great Brazilian passions is Capoeira (cap-o-wear-a), a mixture of martial art and dance that was developed some time after the 16th century by African slaves in Brazil. Under the watchful eye of their captors, the slaves developed a way to practise their fighting techniques disguised as a traditional dance.  melhores jogos ps4  Capoeira spread from Brazil rapidly in the 1970s, and is now practised all over the world in a wide variety of forms from its original state.

If you’d like to be able to break some common ground with Brazilians either over a conversation or by jogo (game or match), here are some suggestions to be well prepared.

Listen to Brazilian music and do some dancing
Brazil has a rich culture of music and dancing, so if you’ve got two left feet you should try and learn to loosen up a bit. Get together with a group of friends and check out a Brazilian music venue, or even put on some samba at home to dance to if you can’t bear the thought of showing your moves in public.

Build up strength in your body
Capoeira can be a very physical dance with constant, flowing movement and combatants often being on their hands as much as their feet, so try doing some regular excercises to build up some strength. Handstands, push-ups and cartwheels will be useful. If you do an existing martial art, try doing it to music to adjust to constant movement.

Learn about the music, instruments and etiquette of a Capoeira ‘game’
A match or ‘game’ isn’t just about the dancers; musical instruments and singing also play a large part in the experience as the match can change depending on the tempo of the music and all movements are synchronized with the band. With different elements of the match driven by different songs, you’ll get much  cashex  more out of the experience with a bit of research. You’ll also probably want to know why both combatants may begin walking in a circle (a Volta ao mundo), why they swing around in a trianglar step pattern (Ginga) or how one combatant signals to another for a ritual within the match (a Chamada). For a more complete explanation of the terms, customs and elements of Capoeira, check out Wikipedia.

Attend a class or watch some online tuition videos to get the basic moves
Once you’re a bit clearer about the intricacies of the dance, you can try mastering the basics. If you prefer to turn up to a class with a bit of experience under your belt, try searching the Internet for some instructional videos; plenty exist. If you would rather get started with Capoeira under the helpful eye of an instructor, search your local listings for a class and get signed up. As with any dance or martial art, it’s worth making a commitment of a few months and being disciplined by turning up to every class; results only come with time and frequent, dedicated practise.

If you’ve made it all the way to this point, you’ll have enough Capoeira knowledge under your belt to be able to strike up a conversation with anybody spinning around in the typical uniform of white trousers and t-shirt. From there, who knows where your Brazilian vacation could lead!

Gary Sargent is the Managing Director  codewithmike  of the tour companies Escaped to Peru and Escaped to Latin America and has lived in South America for over 10 years. Gary is passionate about life here, the people, customs and places. Visit Gary’s website for more Latin Ameirca travel advice or to book your next Latin American adventure.

To better understand martial arts training, one must know its specific types and the unique training styles it characterizes. There are a lot of different styles and each one has unique training in performing their techniques, depending on what they focus on. Some types require special equipment while others do not. We will explore some of these different types of training and their enthralling styles.

Although dozens of different styles exist and are continuously changing with more new techniques, there are small groups that are relatively established. There are known techniques that are weaponless. They focus more on the dexterity of their movements.

Not all styles enclose themselves with specific movements alone. Most of them incorporate the use of weapons in their training. Some of the weapons that are more commonly used include sticks, stones, staffs, lances, swords, nunchucks, knives, sai, bows and arrows, and cutting objects that are often thrown.

Martial arts training that does not use any tools comprise of one or more of the following methods: hand blows, arm blows, blocking,  youtube and parries, knee kicks, foot blows, throws, trips, take-downs, grappling and immobilization. In every type, there is a kind of strength or particular movement that is given with an emphasis. There are those concentrating on lower extremities, others on the hand or arm movements and some on the power to throw down the opponent. Some techniques focus on hard styles which emphasize power and strength. The soft style trains for speed and precision.


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