Posts tagged Capoeira

Capoeira – Fusion of Mixed Martial Arts and Dance

Capoeira – By Kaitlin Daur March 10th 2013

I ventured this week to Capoeira Aché Brasil Academy on East Broadway to attend the Intro class to Capoeira. I was a little nervous, as I always am when trying something new, but also very excited. With previous experience in combative sports as well as dance, I was pretty sure this class would be right up my alley. We started with a dynamic warm-up, warming up the shoulders, hips, and ending with lunges, and push-ups . We were introduced, or reshown for some participants, to the fundamental movement in capoeira called the ginga. Since the movement requires you to maintain a bent front knee and elevated back heel, you can soon feel a burn in the quads and calves. The ginga is done to prepare the body for other movements, and throughout the class we always started with this movement when doing different combinations. This movement also keeps a person in constant motion, making them a difficult target for an opponent, or in my case keeping my heart rate elevated. We progressed from there into learning a kick, and then practicing the kick with a partner. Capoeira really demands body awareness and spatial control of your limbs, while working through combinations requiring a good amount of coordination. By the end of the class I felt more comfortable with the basic moves, had worked up a good sweat and had even learned to count to 10 in Portugese! We finished the class with high fives and fist bumps, a great way to end a class in my opinion!

This month I venture to my first CrossFit session. Stay tuned! :)

Kaitlin’s 2013 Fitness Goal – Capoeira

Hello E3 Fitness!

By: Kaitlin Daur, January 2013

I couldn’t be more excited to be back working as a personal trainer on a regular basis, and to be working with Jackie again. I have been working a desk job for the last few months, and man is it ever hard on the body! Plus I kind of miss being able to wear work out gear and running shoes every day, so comfy and it’s hard to come up with excuses not to work out, when you are always ready to go and in a gym!

Since we are still in the month of January, I thought I would share with you one of my new year’s challenges. I have given myself the challenge of attending a different fitness/dance class or partaking in a sport each month that I have never tried before. First up: Capoeira – A Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance and music, known for its quick and complex moves using power, speed and leverage. Stay tuned in the next few weeks to hear about my first time trying Capoeira!

See you in the gym!