Capoeira 20091201

The below is intended to be review for those who attended class. It is NOT intended to be instructional. Corrected "ponche" to "ponte." Replaced "mid troca" with "esquiva baixa." Corrected "quexada" to "queixada" (prior to 20100918).

I missed the beginning

Down the floor exercises:
Armada with partner
-don't really ginga, just step right into the armada one after the other
Meia lua de compasso with partner
-same thing, don't really ginga, just step right into the meia lua one after the other
-keep your head low coming out of the meia lua or else you risk getting kicked in the head


Stretch the legs out using a partner
-Partner's feet positioned on your legs and use their arms to pull your arms
And then to each side with a partner
-Partner pushes down a bit to give you that extra stretch
Ponte with a partner
-Partner comes underneath you and gives your back just a little more arch than you would do without him/her being there

Person L,# = L is a letter for a person, # is a number for sequential purposes

Piece 1:
Person A,0 faces south, Person B,0 faces north
Person A,1 goes to esquiva baixa to the west (A's right), switches into negativa, and proceeds to role to the east (A's left).
Person B,2 follows to the east (B's right), and uses the left leg to cut Person A off.
-The leg should be as close to Person A's outstretched negativa leg as possible. This reduces the chances of Person A using his already outstretched leg to just kick your leg.
-The cutoff should also be clear, try to get in front of Person A as much as possible. One guideline is to get your foot about to his/her thigh to waist. If you only get to his/her knee or below, he/she can just move around you.
Person A,3 has some options:
(1) If cut off early, quickly switch to the opposite negativa and role in the opposite direction
(2) Go into queda de rin and pop out on the other side of the person anyways... enough room allowing
(3) Try to turn the situation into one where you can take them down.
Person B,4 While you have blocked Person A, if you didn't surprise them, the situation can be bad, thus the move ends with you rotating to the outside back into ginga position. That is, if you stepped out with your right, turn clockwise back into ginga position.
-If you want, you can also step back in the direction you came, but (1) the turn looks cooler, and (2) to me feels faster.
-On the other hand, the advantage of just stepping back: you do retain eye contact, so if you feel you need to keep more of an eye on Person A, that might be a good choice.
-Alternatively, you can step back with your opposite leg and block them off the other way. Repeating if you can tell Person A is confused.

-As you practice this, you might have some of the above ideas or maybe more. However, it's often hard to forget that in the roda, there is the element of surprise and you wouldn't be able to do some of the things you thought about. (1) That doesn't mean you shouldn't think about them, maybe they'll work. Or maybe they will eventually prepare you, just not the first few times. (2) Doing them during the exercise, keeps you and your partner adapting and emulating in small amounts the surprise factor .
-These changes in the exercise should be done with caution. Or else you'll learn the hard way... But then again, it could have happened in the roda...

Roda: Restricted to above movement

Piece 2 (inserted into Piece 1):
Person B,0.25 after finishing the ginga, turns to prep for queixada.
Person A,0.50 is probably ready to proceed to the opposite side, but seeing the queixada drops down into mid troca (sp?).
Person B,0.75 kicks the queixada and finishes back.

Roda: Restricted to above movement

Roda: No Restrictions

[Actual Post Date and Time 12/3/09 7:56 AM]

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