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The basic building blocks of capoeira’s physical side are flexibility, strength, and balance. From handstands to cartwheels to backflips to kicks, everything a capoeirista does requires one of these basic attributes.
Some capoeiristas are naturally gifted in certain areas, while others must train and practice to develop the basics. What every capoeirista, old and new, must realize, is that anything is possible with enough practice.
I never thought I could do a backflip, but I surprised myself and learned how to do it in a matter of weeks. Right now I’m stuck on something as seemingly simple as a macaco, but I know that the more I practice the better I will get.
With that preface, I’d like to direct you to a couple of resources that will help you to develop the basic skills necessary to become a great capoeirista.
Many of capoeira’s kicks, flips, and other movements require a wide range of flexibility. Some people come into capoeira already flexible, while others need to concentrate on stretching and improving their range of motion.
To get started, check out TricksTutorials.com’s guide on flexibility. The guide is written for “tricking” but it can definitely be applied to capoeira because they have much in common.
Many times in capoeira you are required to support yourself with nothing but your hands. It is in situations like holding a handstand or queda de rins when you will need to have well developed upper body and abdominal strength.
Sometimes we don’t have the luxury of being able to go to a gym everyday, but there are many things you can do to improve your strength using your own bodyweight.
Balance is a key factor in any movement where need to hold yourself upside down, such as handstands or aus. The better balance you have in these movements, the better you can develop your game.
There are many different tutorials on the Beast Skills website that will have you doing handstands and other holds like a pro.
I want to say thank you to eFFeeMMe from the Capoeira.com forums for linking to the stretching and balance sites, otherwise I might never have found them.
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