I haven’t done capoeira since I finished my last class in it ages ago (well, really only 1 year).
I’ve forgotten most of it!
Just like with relearning German, my problem here is that I have no one to practice with, little resources, and I’ve forgotten a TON.
It feels awful. Capoeira was fun, cool, and one of my best ways to get exercise!
Help from anyone who has chosen an obscure sport/activity for exercise or fun?
I have also considered picking up:
ballroom dancing (but then I’d need a partner)
bellydancing (at least I don’t need a partner for this)
fencing (my town is small and has nothing here)
yoga (I’m a little interested)
What do you think?? 3 years ago
This is doing well, slowly up surely. At first towards the start of this semester I felt like my capoeira was really crappy. I was slow and not remembering stuff from last semester, even though technically I am intermediate, aka know my stuff more than the beginners, I guess.
But lately I have been getting into this. My teacher suggested to the class practicing outside of class and I decided, if I REALLY want to improve, which I do, then I must make time to practice outside of class.
So outside of class I “played” capoeira with my computer chair on Thursday. XD I practiced some kicks and rolls and defenses and wahtnot. It felt really good, and I know I am improving on a couple of my kicks, and learning new moves, too.
Also, I think my reflexes are getting faster as a result of capoeira. I move faster, have more stamina and strength, and can dodge friends’ attempt to pinch my nose (lol) or block, more easily. It’s awesome.
The songs are getting easier, too. I just have to listen, and I can catch the Portuguese pronunciation and sing along. Yay!
Now I just need to practice even more, and get braver. That way when my teacher says “next two!” I will be brave enough to be play in the circle against an opponent. I need to be more aggresive and brave, more confident, so I can do this. I believe that the more you play capoeira, the better you get, so I must practice so that I can be confident and in the playing circle more.
:D 5 years ago
I am taking a class in capoeira this year at college.
Capoeira is the art of Brazilian martial arts/dancing. It originated in Africa, and was used by slaves when they fought, but in order to disguise the fighting they added music and dance elements.
So when you watch capoeira, it looks a lot like dancing. You are in a circle of people who sing, clap, and play various instruments. You and your opponent ‘play’ capoeira. The goal is not to hurt or beat somebody; it’s a game of sorts. The philosophy is different than most martial arts, i.e. karate, which I took last fall, where you hit the person directly. In capoeira, you are more dancing around your opponent, anticipating their moves and using them to create your next move, than trying to hit the opponent.
Capoeira is very fluid and beautiful. I know I am only a beginner. I don’t want to compare myself to other students and feel bad, and the teacher is a master. But when I see her and others do capoeira, it fascinates me, this art. It is so graceful and beautiful.
I really love the music component in capoeira. You use the music to know how to move, you move with the flow of the music. Also the music is pretty and interesting. The songs are sung in Portuguese. And the instruments are different, too. I think my favorite is the biding-bo. It looks like a bow (like bow and arrows) with a tight string, and you use a rock and a pencil-like stick to play the string.
Anyway, I’ve got to go watch “House” now so…yeah. 6 years ago