The Capoeira Angola Libray
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The Capoeira Angola Libray

learn capoeira angola movements
3.9 (2 ratings)
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Created by Tom Polonsky
Last updated 4/2020
English
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 10 articles
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • the 30 most important techinques for the capoeira angola game
  • 10 berimbau varaitions
  • 10 capoeira songs
  • simple and clear methods of training capoeira angola
  • the 3 diffrent levels of capoeira
  • mestre edan's sequences
  • 4 drills for playing capoeira
  • Ginga and rhythm
  • capoeira take downs
  • beautiful capoeira movements
  • couples and single training
Requirements
  • i recommend you have some background in capoeira
Description

The library will help you reach the full understanding of the Capoeira Angola game and teach you simple and clear methods of training so you will achieve a higher level of capoeira while enjoying the process.

the capoeira angola library includes

The library is divided into 3 basic building blocks for better capoeira angola understanding. For each block, I filmed a set amount of content that you can implement in your training starting today. The library contains more than 30 different techniques!

You can choose whether you want to watch the content in order or simply what interests you the most.

Who this course is for:
  • people who wants to improve in capoeira
  • people who wants to learn capoeira angola
  • people who are looking to train from home
  • people who wants to learn capoeira songs
  • people who wants to play berimbau variations
Course content
Expand all 54 lectures 01:49:17
+ Introduction
1 lecture 02:28

Hey Tom Mandingueiro here,

I want to welcome you to the Capoeira Angola library. This is a product of hard work, research and years of training. My goal is to simplify capoeira and create a structure that will help beginners understand the game of capoeira Angola in a better and faster way.

The library is divided into 3 building floors. Each floor is characterized by the distance to the ground,
and has 2 sections; a game and a takedowns section.

When training, I recommend mixing the different floors. This way you can let different parts of your body rest while moving from one floor to the other, allowing you to maximize your training time.

most of the techniques in the library were thaught to me by Mestre Edan, Mestre Cueca, Mestre Cabello, Mestre Marcelo Finco.

Enjoy!

Preview 02:28
+ A. ground floor jogo
3 lectures 03:17

Key points

first technique - place your hand on the ground as a base for kicking your leg (try training only the first kick before putting it all together), remember the first 2 kicks are preferred by the same leg and the third kick will be with the other leg. when kicking the third kick you should be going up on the ball of your feet and finishing up with a role backward

second technique - during all of the ground movements remember to place your whole palm on the ground. when switching to the third kick remember to turn your feet so you will be leading using your heel.

recommended training: 6-8 times from side to side each move. resting for 1-3 minutes while ginga or second-floor kicks

Preview 01:01

Key points

first technique - when trying to understand the steps, try focusing your attention on the down and up motion. A higher level will be exhaling when going down and inhaling when going on up.

second technique - remember there's no static position in these moves keep flowing at all times

third technique - when going down into the last part of the move, the switch and backward roll, try using a metaphor of a balloon losing its air.

recommended training: 6-8 times from side to side each move. resting for 1-3 minutes while ginga or second-floor kicks

Preview 01:18

Key points

remember this is not choreography. The one who is kicking is leading and the partner should move in reaction to his kicks.

training recommendation: 4 times from side to side. If possible, switch parts without stopping

Preview 00:58
+ A3. ground floor takedowns
1 lecture 02:20

Key points

first technique - this is a falling down movement. try performing it with as much control as possible. this way, when you'll be taken down you will be safe to fall.

second technique - try matching the movement with your breathing. the hardest part of this drill is leaving your partner the right amount of weight on the leg his pulling, so it will be similar to the real play.

third technique - when the partner is assuming the position, standing up above the partner whos down, there should be a pause and an understanding that this move was a "checkmate" move. he offered you continuing the game by escaping in between his legs

recommended training: switching parts every time for 3 times each 2 minutes break

Preview 02:20
+ B. First floor jogo
5 lectures 08:45

Key points
first technique - instead of faking the move try starting the kick and stopping. This will make it more realistic. before actually kicking your leg, place the foot diagonally and a little bit in front of you that will help execute to kick easily.

second technique - don't pass the base leg with the kicking leg so it won't take your long to kick the meia lua

third technique - before going for the cabecada, place your back leg on the floor. This way you'll have a better base and thus better balance

forth technique- before getting up make sure you are situated sideways to your partner and not backward

Preview 02:27

Key points

first technique - when trying to understand the steps, try focusing your attention on the down and up motion. A higher level will be exhaling when going down and inhaling when going on up.

second technique - remember there's no static position in these moves keep flowing at all times

third technique - when going down into the last part of the move, the switch and backward roll, try using a metaphor of a balloon losing its air.

recommended training: 6-8 times from side to side each move. resting for 1-3 minutes while ginga or second floor kicks

A2. Mestre edan's sequences
01:18

Key points

first technique - when escaping try to stay as close as you can to the partner. that way you won't get hit by his heel

second technique - when faking the first attack, don't give your back to the partner. you have to be sideways so that you can keep kicking without having to move a lot

third technique - after kicking the first kick, remember to stay sideways. again, for the same reason as the last technique

fourth technique - don't extend the second meia lua too much so you can hit the cabecada, the moment the partner touches the floor


B1+A2
02:09

Key points

watch out where you place your feet, so you won't bump into your partner's feet
keep both of your knees bent so you can divide the weight between them

keep a hand protecting the face from the kick

B2. 45 Degrees
01:03

Key points

first technique - remember there is no moment when both of my feet are up in the air

second technique - when escaping, try to use as less effort as possible and wait for the last moment before the leg touches you

third technique - when trying to call the partner for au above your leg, lower your waist so it will seem comfortable

fourth technique (starts at 01:15) - try landing for the au and roll backward as soft as possible

B3. Au sequence
01:48
+ B. First floor takedowns
3 lectures 04:06

Key points

first technique - you can use your hand to protect your face

second technique - the direction to the rasteira is where the partner's toes are pointing at the moment

B4. 90 Degrees
00:55

Key points

first technique - this will only work if the partner whos kicking will kick normally without changes in speed

second technique- when stepping aside to your partner, try to do so in a way that will make him try to get away and then he will go straight into your last kick

third technique - don't get too close. aim to get your foot into the partner's face

B5. Role to Rasteira
01:25

Key points

first technique - try going down and getting up effortlessly

second technique - try getting to the sweep with as short line downwards as possible, instead of completing a whole circle

third technique - it is important to have a wide base so you can perform the legs sweep

B6. Meia lua and Rasteira
01:46
+ C. Second floor jogo
2 lectures 04:58

Key points

first technique - put on capoeira music and train to the beat

second technique - synchronize to your partner when going back to base

third technique - try preforming this move without touching the partner at all

fourth technique - remember the hips must get out of the kicking the range. don't arch backward

fifth technique - at first, try going along with your partner as much as you can

sixth technique - work your arms and let them lose

C1. Couple training
02:43

Key points

first technique - lower your torso down. That will help you lift your leg higher

second technique - the same as the first technique

third technique - martelo should be with your feet pointed

fourth technique - if you are having difficulties, bring your leg up from the side. This should be a bit easier

fifth technique - let your hands lead the rest of the body and let the kicking leg lag behind like a tale

C2. Single training
02:15
+ C. Second floor takedowns
3 lectures 05:28

Key points

first technique - don't get out of the vingativa too soon. give your partner some weight to take off-balance

second technique - finish sideways to your partner, not behind, so he will get the vingativa easily

third technique - go as low as needed to get your partner into a negativa, always get up using role

fourth technique - when applying a takedown aim to get your partner's weight-center down to the ground and not up in the air

C3. Entrada Vingative
01:46

Key points

first technique - you should aim to get the coordination right so you can execute the position smoothly and automatically.

second technique - wait for the last moment, when the partner goes for the tesoura and than dive into the floor backward.

third technique - look for the partners' face when he rolls away. aim to be waiting for him, with your meia lua already in his face.

forth technique - wait for the last moment the partner goes for the tesoura and than switch back to parallel. make sure your knees are bent.

C4. Entrada Tesoura
02:26

Key points

first technique - move with the partner as if you are going to get hit by his kick, and use your thigh to lift him, touching his thigh. use both of your arms to lift his weight off the ground so there will be less friction. put him on the ground safely.

second technique - step your leg into entreda but keep your weight on the back leg, so you can easily kick your front leg. when your leg passed the partner, lower your leg in a straight line down and flex your foot so you can hook both partners' legs

C4. Gancho
01:16
+ Ginga
1 lecture 06:59

Key points

The idea is moving to the beat. we are aiming the be moving our weight from leg to leg directly on the beat. this is how I believe capoeira Angola should be played without getting out of the rhythm. in this video, the movements will be changing but we will always be working our relation to the beat

Rhythm
06:59
+ Drills
4 lectures 07:11

Key points

the purpose of this drill is to train to transition from any floor to another and practicing attentiveness to your partner.

don't move right away to the leading partners chosen floor get there as naturally as possible.

if the leading part isn't being obvious enough you can simply say out load what floor are you transitioning.

Changing Floors
02:13

this drill takes several tries to understand how effective it is to developing the angola game.

try staying close to each other so your interaction will never stop.

never hit your partner.

don't use speed to get the upper hand.
ive added a berimbau recording for playing this game in the resources section

Chess
02:38

there's no ginga from stepping back from side to side but you can move freely using the parallela.

work on communicating not always trying to surprise your partner.

show your partner that you are about to kick that will get you better at faking too.
resources - using 2 kick at the same time, in the video we are using meia lua de compasso and meia lua de frente
keeping adding kicks one by the other and eventually you will play using all of the kicks

Playing with kicks+Add ons
01:57

Key points

when kicking cross your legs and keep your knees bent to allow the kicking leg get out of the crossing position easily.

always kick towards your partner's face.

try to move as calmly as possible and try to conserve energy.

more varaitions of the drill in the resources section usingg meia lua/cabecada/tesoura to switch roles

Negativas
00:23
+ Bonus #1
10 lectures 28:45
Variation #1 Angola
02:53
Variation #2 Angola
01:59
Variation #3 Angola
02:36
Variation #4 Sao bento pequeno
01:23
Variation #5 Sao bento pequeno
03:19
Variation #6 Sao bento pequeno
02:15
Variation #7 Angola
02:08
Variation #8 Angola
03:03
Variation #9 Sao bento pequeno
04:16
Variation #10 Angola
04:53