Part 1 of 3 Why Capoeira.
Capoeira is a dance and martial art. By playing Capoeira you have the opportunity to optimize your health and performance while preserving a tradition. Capoeira trains and nurtures body, mind, and emotions. As a Capoeirista you will improve physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing. People of all ages and abilities play and everyone can improve.
Capoeira Builds Physical Stamina
Strength & Flexibility
We say: we play Capoeira, as in it's fun and it's a practice. When you play capoeira you build strength while also maintaining flexibility. With kicks and groundwork there's a flow between building core and staying fluid. These are key fitness functions to keep you both stable and mobile in the body for a lifetime of movements. Training Capoeira invests in longevity. It will keep your muscles strong and supple for the tasks of daily living.
The Hoda is the event where Capoeira happens. The players, 2 at a time are in the center of the circle or hoda which means wheel in Portuguese. The foundational movement for Capoeira is Ginga which means to sway. The return pose or "resting " stance is swaying movement that keeps your aerobic energy system ago as the arms and legs shift back and forth and from side to side. In terms of building cardiovascular fitness (ei. endurance) consider that it is necessary to have continuous whole body rhythmic movement for at least 3min. Otherwise your engaging other energy systems. The anaerobic or non-aerobic systems uses stored energy in muscles for shorter bursts of energy. Capoeira uses both.
In a hoda there is continuous movement. While the choice of actions is up to each individual- there is a momentum that's maintained by the flow of the ginga and the musicians in the background who help signal the tempo. It can be slow or fast, but it is always steady. That means that your heart is pumping to keep you building cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular endurance.
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