Capoeira 20100803

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The below is intended to be review for those who attended class. It is NOT intended to be instructional. Corrected "quexada" to "queixada."

Sequence 1:
Right leg back
Turn to esquiva de lado, but you don't have to bend over, just turn to the side
Right leg steps to the center, into esquiva to the left, staying low in the transition.
Ginga to the right, left leg back.
Left leg steps to the center, into esquiva to the left
Ginga to the right, left leg back

Sequence 2 (In Partners):
A: Does the above.
B: Facing A, A has right leg back, so you have your left leg back.
Usually from this position you can turn and queixada with your front leg (right), but just through a queixada with your back leg.
This is when A reacts by just slightly turning to the side.
Ginga to the left, right leg back.
Right leg steps to the center, meia lua de frente
Ginga to the left, right leg back.

Note: When B throws the meia lua de frente, you can go in for the sweep

Sequence 3 (In Partners):
A: Does the above. Except at the end, you want to block the coming kick with both arms. Be sturdy, unless you want to slap yourself.
B: Instead of the final meia lua de frente, throw the arms and hips for the fake, and then snap your shin over to where you are expecting their face (ponteira).

Note: for a more reaction-based exercise, B has the choice of throwing the kick or the fake to ponteira
Note: for keeping your partner even more on his/her toes, don't wait for the extra ginga to throw the kick. That is, after throwing the first queixada, begin the meia lua de frente or fake and ponteira after stepping the back leg across.

We do sequence 3 in a roda. Note: There are several benefits to doing an exercise in the roda. 1) Everybody can learn from each other by watching. 2) Because everybody has to get a turn, it builds confidence to play in the roda, when we have an open roda. 3) It is a more controlled environment than an open roda.

Sequence 4 (In Partners):
A: Does the above. Pescador officially adds the sweep to the sequence.
B: Throw the meia lua de frente, not the fake.

Note: The more this exercise is practiced, the easier it should be to make the action instinct. That is, you practice this exercise with the hope that in the roda, your brain should process their kick, and you should intuitively react and come in for the sweep. Of course, this may work against you, if they are just throwing a fake. For once, there was no improvisation being done, but perhaps the person throwing the kick should throw a couple of surprises, to help the brain process the subtle differences between a real meia lua de frente and a fake one. Perhaps its not possible if the person's ability to fake is high.

Down the floor:
Walk on your hands. Down and back.

Au with a twist. Coming up out of the au, try to keep the arms straight. Blitz and Nico are assigned to do an alternate, more difficult version. While planting their arms slightly staggered, they are planted more or less simultaneous, and the feet are going over in almost a forward somersault motion. Thus there is more bending involved than an au with a twist. The au with a twist leads up to that, since the last motion you do, coming up with your arms straight and twisting, begins to tease at the idea of coming up out of a back bend. Actually, the motion Blitz and Nico were assigned might be a form of a front walkover. [20100918: I'm certain Blitz and Nico were assigned to practice a front walkover.]

One-handed Au, second hand. (Usually when you do an au, you place one hand down and then the other. So the one hand you want to use for this exercise is the one that comes second). Focus on getting the hand closer and closer to the foot that's further away. This exercise is intended as a lead up to the au sem mao (no hands).

In my attempts at the au sem mao, Pescador made the following observations:
1) I'm launching forward too much. I should focus more on bending myself down in the same spot.
2) I should focus on keeping the legs spread apart. After he mentioned this I decided to focus on that aspect and plant my hand on the ground, as opposed to trying not to plant the hand on the ground until fear takes over.
3) I'm failing to land with my feet in line with the hand and direction of motion instead of in front or in back.

Partner-assisted back walkovers.
One person faces away from the direction of motion. The other person faces the direction of motion. The partners are back-to-back. Raise the arms. Now, I'm not sure which one works better, if the person facing the direction of motion grabs the partners arms from the inside or outside. Regardless, take hold of the arms, and bend down low enough for their feet to be touching or close to touching the ground and hands touch the ground. Then roll your bottom up to assist your partner's back and legs over. Unless you're comfortable bring both legs over simultaneously, the legs should come over one by one, like a macaco. It helps to be the same height, but not necessary. Perhaps plus or minus a foot in height is reasonable.