20 second knockout

Here’s the meia lua de compasso kick we learned the other day, used effectively in a fight situation. This is Professor Barrãozinho, and he is my teacher. I got to see this knockout, live! It was one of the sickest and craziest thing I have ever seen in real life. It’s still crazy to see on video.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0KfQE2-ZqA

Caribbean Festival

You know what this blog needs? Cool videos!

Here we have the Vancouver Axé Capoeira group performing at the Caribbean Festival in North Vancouver this past summer. As you can see, we have a wide variety of students, with different range of ages, sizes, genders and race. Enjoy!

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWv7vkX6p-k

The Notebook

I heard an interesting point last class. I teach you guys a lot of things in an hour that sometimes it can get overwhelming. And then by the time you come to the next class, you’ve probably already forgotten most of the things I taught you in the last class. Well I have a suggestion that may help you.

All capoeiristas should have their very own little notebook to carry around in class. I know many students and teachers who do that, and in fact I met someone who told me a story of how he has stacks of notebooks that contain capoeira movements, capoeira sequences and song lyrics. It’s a great reference guide and you can write it however you please. Write down whatever makes you understand the movement. I’m a great resource, considering I am your teacher, so feel free to ask me anytime you want if you have any questions about the class or the movements you learned.


I heard a lot of laughs and groans in our previous stretching session the other day. Usually because you couldn’t handle the splits, or when we did ponte (bridge), you wanted to just bail and let the bridge fall down. The ones who laughed and groaned, well that just means you need to stretch MORE!

Stretching is a very essential part of capoeira. It helps increase your flexibility which would help you do all of your movements, like the acrobatics and the kicks. It helps with your coordination and balance so you shouldn’t be toppling over. And it helps prevent any further injuries, such as a strained back or groin.

Now we’re not all Mr. Fantastic, so ideally, you shouldn’t only stretch when you come into my class. In fact, you should be stretching everyday, or at least as much as possible. A few minutes a day for some simple stretches and you shouldn’t be groaning anymore. =)



I want to talk to you about the word “Salve” for a bit.

“Salve” is a way Axé Capoeira students greet each other. At the beginning and end of each class, all students will say “Salve”. Doing this greeting, shows respect for the teacher and respect for the students. Come in next time and say “Salve!”

Also, I found a great wiki article that explains a lot of the capoeira techniques that you would typically learn in class.

Some words you may have heard in your first class are the following: Ginga, Cadeira, Meia-lua de Frente, Esquiva, , and Armada.


Hopefully this helps!


Hi everyone!

Welcome to Axé Capoeira’s Richmond blog.

I hope everyone enjoyed their first introductory class. There’s one word about introductory classes in capoeira that immediately comes to my mind when I observed everyone in class. Awkwardness. EVERYONE has that awkward feeling when trying out capoeira moves. From the ginga, to the kicks, to the esquivas, and to the cartwheels. I’m here to assure you, that every “capoeirista” (one who practices capoeira) has gone through this phase. Trust me! Your body might have felt weird doing it, but with enough practice of course, it will all feel natural. Be patient! =)

Anyways, I will continue using this blog to send updates about classes as well as share useful and interesting info about capoeira and our group Axé Capoeira.

Hope to see everyone next week!