Basic Capoeira Moves: Brazilian Martial Arts : How to Ginga in Brazilian Capoeira Martial Arts

Hi my name is Ajugadu. On behalf of Expert we’re going to talk about the ginga in capoeira a little bit today. The
ginga is your basic movement. All of your kicks, dodges, acrobatic movements, everything
comes in and out of the ginga. It’s one of those things that if you train capoeira regularly,
you understand that there’s no amount of training that’s too much on the ginga. You can train
it and train it, adjust it and adjust it and it’s just something you train from the day
you start until the day you don’t train capoeira anymore. Generally what you want to do with
the ginga is you want to make sure the leg that’s in the back is the same as the arm
that’s up. That’s your weak side in capoeira and as such you want to make sure that the
arm is up to protect your face. Okay, a couple of other pointers. The foot that’s in the
back, you always want to have the heel up off the floor. You want to think of it like
you were wedging yourself into the floor. So you’re going to push down with the ball
of your back foot, heel is up, and your front foot is going to stay flat on the floor. Okay,
so you start in this position. Left leg back, heel off the floor. Right foot flat on the
floor, left arm up parallel to the floor at about collarbone level to protect your face.
From here we’re going to step our left leg up into the base, what we call the “basi”,
some groups also call it “cadera” which means chair. Think of it like you’re sitting down
in a chair with your legs out. And then from here, you want to stay nice, low and protected
in the base. Then you switch, your right foot goes back, heel up, left foot stays flat on
the floor, right arm switches to come up and protect your face. That’s a basic half switch
in a ginga. Now ginga just goes back and forth. Most capoeira classes you’ll start with this
and you’ll train with this for five to ten minutes just moving in the ginga, maybe throwing
in a few dodges. Because you really do have to change the ginga, it is like I said the
base of capoeira and the basics all come in and out of that.

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