How To Learn Capoeira

If wondering how to learn Capoeira, one of the first things many people face is a bit of intimidation. The moves in Capoeira were designed to disguise the martial art as a form of dance. In this “dance,” the moves can become quite acrobatic, requiring advanced flexibility, muscular strength, endurance and an appreciation for the musical rhythm Capoeira is often performed to.

Things you'll need:

  • Computer with internet access
  • Phonebook/Yellowpages
  1. Find a Capoeira instructor by looking in local phone books or utilizing the internet. A few years ago this was an extremely daunting task, but more and more martial arts schools are offering Capoeira lessons. Chances are, if you live near a big city, there will be at least one school for Capoeira in your area. Look in phonebooks under “Martial Arts Instruction” and conduct internet searches for “Capoeira, Schools, Lessons” and include the names of local cities or local zip codes to assist in the search.
  2. Work on improving flexibility before committing to a school for Capoeira. Often, martial arts schools will combine classes with students of varying levels. To improve quickly at Capoeira and be able to master the moves and lessons more readily, work on improving muscular endurance and strength by using your own body weight. This can be done through structured workouts or through a variety of workout moves such as push-ups, pull-ups, crunches and core/abdominal work, squats, lunges and light cardio such as jogging or jumping rope. Stretch several times each week after warming up so the muscles respond best, paying close attention to the leg, back and chest muscles.
  3. If a Capoeira school is not available in the area or if the cost of classes does not fit into your current budget, work on learning moves independently. While this isn’t the most effective method of learning, it is a start. The internet has a vast array of free resources for learning Capoeira moves, including video instruction. Commit to learning one or two new moves every four to seven days and practicing them hundreds of times throughout the week to master the form and increase accuracy and delivery of the moves. Additionally, use a mirror or video recorder to critique form. Practicing the moves helps build the necessary strength and flexibility to perfect form.
  4. Practice often, whether you have a teacher or not. With anything, the more you do it, the better you will get. While learning Capoeira on your own may not be ideal, you can get quite good with significant practice and effort. To ensure sufficient time is spent on practicing, consider creating a schedule. For example, perhaps workouts for strength and cardiovascular training are scheduled for twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays; Capoeira moves are learned on Tuesdays and Saturdays and is practiced for 30 minutes and for 60 minutes Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
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