Keywords: Rasteira, Banda, vegativa
The main focus of the night was take-downs, so we took advantage of the mats. The take-downs ranged from banda to vegativa. First we worked the banda. We lined up and worked on the movement, the taking a step to get behind the person’s heel. After we did that a few times, we worked with a partner to mark where we took the person down. As we did this, we practiced escaping, which is pulling the leg back. Afterwards, we added a countering vegativa if the person were to escape the banda, because it’s always good to be prepare for anything.
After the initial workout we put a sequence together. We broke down the first part, the meia-lua de compasso and rasteira. One person throws the kick while the other marks the rasteira. Then we paired off and got accustomed to taking each other down as well as being taken down. Once we got comfortable, we began the rest of the sequence.
The sequence continued when player A recognizes the rasteira coming after throwing a meia-lua de compasso. Once the player sees the rasteira, the player would hop over the rasteira and twist to step up for a ponte ( a bridge). The player’s next step is to swing the legs over to a queda de rins, negativa then role.
Remember always that capoeira is a conversation, and always should be treated as so when in the game. Take time to response to the other player, and allow that player time to response as well.
Until next time,