Today’s workout called for “capoeira lunges.” Since the Monkey Bar site didn’t have any information on what these might be, I set off on the great yellow brick road of the Internet to find out. And boy did I find out!
According to Wikipedia, Capoeira is “an Afro-Brazilian blend of martial art, game, and culture created by enslaved Africans in Brazil during the 16th Century. Participants form a roda (circle) and take turns playing instruments, singing, and sparring in pairs in the center of the circle. The game is marked by fluid acrobatic play, feints, subterfuge, and extensive use of groundwork, as well as sweeps, kicks, and headbutts. Throughout the game, a player must avoid a sweep, trip, kick, or head butt that may knock him or her on the floor”
Subterfuge! And headbutts!! Do workouts get any better than that? From what I could tell, it’s a mix of gymnastics, martial arts and dancing where two people spar in the middle of a circle without touching each other. It’s a blast to watch. I’d probably pee myself with joy if I ever get to actually try it.
In Turbokick we do a move called the “Ginga” which is the primary move of Capoeira. We also do a move called a “capoeira” that bears no resemblance to any Capoeira I could find in the videos but is nevertheless very fun. I was thwarted in my mission though as I quickly discovered pretty much everything in Capoeira involves lunging. So we improvised this morning but still had a great workout (handstand pushups!! Wheeeee!).
But now I’m left with a serious yen to try Capoeira (every time I type that it looks weirder). It combines the two athletic loves of my life: dance & gymnastics and has some seriously awesome music. Please tell me one of you have tried it!! What is it like?
If you want to see more, try this video. It even has a few girls in there!