At the MMA gym where I train we are incredibly fortunate to have a timetable of great classes which covers various combat sports and martial arts such as boxing, Glory kickboxing, Muay Thai, MMA, BJJ and one that I have always wanted to try – Capoeira.
I normally spend my Sunday mornings doing Muay Thai, but I see a couple of my gym friends doing Capoeira each week and it always looks a lot of fun whilst also being challenging. A few of the students and my friends have told me I should join them so today I decided to give it a go.
If you aren’t familiar with Capoeira it is a Brazilian martial art that incorporates dance and acrobatics to music. I wasn’t sure how I would get on because my legs were fried from doing the conditioning class beforehand and just the warm up made my legs feel like jelly but I was determined to give it my all. I was taught how to do the Ginga which is at the heart of everything you do. It is a back and forth foot to foot movement that sets up all the other techniques that you will incorporate. I love the music, I found it really uplifting, it touches your soul and I found myself doing the whole class with a huge grin on my face and couldn’t stop shaking my tush. Whilst you are with your different partners you will each start off by doing the Ginga whilst adding in other moves such as sweeping kicks, spinning kicks and cartwheels. I even did my first hand stands in about 25+ years during the technique work!
What I really enjoyed about the class is the more experienced students were very patient and helped everyone else and the teacher was so enthusiastic about what he was showing us. At the end of the class we all gathered in a circle whilst two people would ‘dance’ in the middle and then each of us would take it in turns to tap one of them on the shoulder to indicate we wanted to join in. I loved watching the teacher and the more experienced students because they were very flamboyant and made everything look effortless. The atmosphere was really fun and even though my calf muscles were burning I didn’t want to stop because the music was so great.
Now I have dipped my toe in the beautiful martial art of Capoeira I would really like to be able to do it regularly. I was trying not to get distracted that my Muay Thai class I go to was happening at the same time. I am going to have to find a way to do both somehow!