Keywords: Sequences de Mestre Bimba, Au, Negtiva, Role, Caxida, Bencao, rastiera, pandeiro, atabaque, Esquiva
Today we started with a warm-up that had everybody walking around the room, and then professor would clap his hands after he assigned a movement to the clap. It was between push-ups, two au, and different stretches. It proved pretty effective.
After the warm-up, we started a sequence that was mostly esquivas. It started with a quebra de ginga, esquiva lateral, another esquiva lateral, ending with a negativa role. Time was taken to master the form of all three esquivas, especially the negativa. If you get too comfortable executing the negativa poorly (or incorrectly), it could possibly damage your knees in the future , so take the time to: make sure your can stand up from the negativa position, distribute your weight to three points( both feet and one hand), and lean forward in the negativa position.
After the defenses we worked on the kicks. We worked on the bencao, paired with a passada pulada. Then we worked on the martelo, paired with with the rasteira de pe. The rasteira de pe is done further from the ground, but still be executed with safety in mind. We then did meia lua de frente, which was paired with the rasteira de chao, which is done closer to the floor, and possibly one of the safest take downs that can be done. We finished with a chapa. All the kicks were paired with a movement that emphasized moving after every kick. In capoeira, you constantly have to counter attack and be aware of the counter attack, and doing movements like this can help you react and prepare for anything.
After the last exercise, the class was split into two groups. One group worked on the first Bimba Sequence, which is using the three kicks: meia lua de frente, armada, and bencao; as well as three defenses: cocorihna, negative de bimba, and au. The other group played instruments and sung for the other. Professor gave a brief music lesson to the beginners and we all learned a song at the end.
Music is an important factor of capoeira, and should be practiced just like any kick or movement. The music is what brings a game together, and it can truly inspire the players in the roda, just like any other type of encouragement. As the quality of the music increases, you can expect the games in the roda to do the same.
Until next time,