Keywords: Queixada, Esquiva
We warmed up in lines, doing various exercise up and down the gym. It went from lunges to stretches to spider man push-ups to push-up hops. It proved very effective (as well as tiring.)
Queixadas is the kick that was focused on. From the basic form, to the esquivas to avoid queixadas coming from different directions. The first step of the queixada is imporant. It must allow the body to open so they kick can strike effectively towards an opponent’s face. The strike comes from the outside of the foot, and it’s important to resume into the ginga immediately, allowing the restoration of balance and the position handle any type of counter attack. We did several exercises to reinforce this. We did different variations of partnering up and throwing queixadas at each other back and forward.
We also focused on the different esquivas used against queixadas. When a kick is thrown to the front, be careful, but you can avoid it in two ways. You can lean back, watching the kick then shifting you weight to your front like to resume to ginga, or you can turn to esquiva de frente and go under the kick. Both ways have their reasons, so both are effective depending on what the next move is. When a queixada is thrown to your back you can always quebra de ginga (slighting turning away from the kick to avoid contact.)
When again split the class in two to work on music, and the movements we learned.
Until next time,