Mestre Boneco’s Training Sequences

I’ve been doing capoeira for about a year now. It’s very fun and a great martial art for geeks (singing! dancing! friendly people!). I really recommend it if you’re trying to get into shape or build strength/flexibility.

Different capoeira schools use different sequences of moves, and I’ve never been able to find the ones my class uses online. You can find the videos on YouTube, but as far as I know, they aren’t written down anywhere.

Until now!

First Sequence

A
Meia lua de frente, acaba atraz e ginga (finish back and ginga)
B
Desce trocando (go down and change) + meia lua de chão (from the floor)
A
Esquiva (2) da Ginga + Queixada
B
Esquiva (3) lateral + passada pras costas (walk from behind)

Second Sequence

A
Meia lua de frente, acaba atraz e ginga (finish back and ginga)
B
Desce trocando (go down and change) + meia lua de chão (from the floor)
A
Esquiva (2) da Ginga + Meia lua de compasso de tráz
B
Esquiva (walk from behind)

Third Sequence

A
Meia lua de frente, acaba atraz e ginga (finish back and ginga)
B
Esquiva (2) da Ginga e troca a base (switch base standing) + Queixada dire
Esquiva (2) da Ginga + queixada pras costas (walk from behind)
A
Puxeta + Meia lua de compasso contra (against)
B
Esquiva (2) da Ginga + Queixada
A
Esquiva (walk from behind)

Fourth Sequence

A
Armada entrando (with entrance)
B
Esquiva (3) Lateral + Queixada
A
Esquiva (2) da Ginga + Queixada
B
Martelo de tráz
A
Rasteira em Pé + Vingativa

Fifth Sequence

A
Armada entrando (with entrance)
B
Esquiva (2) da Ginga com troca de base (switch base from the floor) + Queixada direto (de tráz)
A
Esquiva (2) da Ginga com troca de base (switch base from the floor) + Meialua de compasso de tráz
B
Esquiva (3) Lateral + passada pras costas (walk from behind) + Meia lua de compasso contra (against) com Vontra (against)
A
Esquiva (3) lateral + passada pras costas (walk from behind)

Sixth Sequence

A
Armada entrando (with entrance)
B
Esquiva (2) da ginga + Queixada
A
Puxeta + Martelo cingativa
B
Meia lua de compasso de tráz
A
Passada pras costas

(Someone texted these sequences to me, so let me know if anything is incorrect in the comments.)

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2 Comments

  1. Capoeira seems to be a lot of fun. On the videos, there is no singing at all. Which part of the training/routines involves singing?

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    1. It is! The sequences are just part of training so you learn how to go from movement to movement with fluidity (like a drill in soccer). “Real” capoeira happens in roda, e.g., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG7E1azgu88 (the game starts 1 minute in). Music is a huge part of the roda. Usually the most advanced capoeiristas are responsible for leading the music and everyone is expected to sing, even if you don’t know the words and have to just sing nonsense. Everyone picks up the songs pretty quickly, though, most of them have pretty simple choruses.

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