Keywords: Rabo-de-Arraia, Angola
The focus was on the Angola game. It started from the beginning as we warmed up. We walked around the room until Professor Maranhão clapped to signal us to execute an movement. The moves ranged from cocorinha, esquiva de lateral (with one hand on the floor), negativa, role, to Aú. Professor then called the names out after a little while, and if we did the wrong move paid 10 push-ups.
After the warm up, we worked on a sequence that consisted of moves from the warm up. The sequence started with Person A kicking a meia-lua de frente. Person B escapes with a cocorinha and counters with a rabo-de-arraia (an angola meia-lua de compasso). Person A slides the leg into a esquiva basica (to the side.) Person A continues to fall into a queda de rins, and transform the movement into a tesoura. Person B avoids the tesoura with an aú. Person A intervenes with a cabeçada. Person B recovers by falling into a negativa and using a role at return back to the ginga.
We practiced the sequence in a training roda for a good amount of time. It’s important to maintain the connection with the partner. Have a good conversation and play with the partner, not against.
Until next time,
P.S. Sorry about the loll of time from the last two weeks, I’ll do what I can to keep those lolls at a minimum.