Friday, February 05, 2010

Do you know what Capoeira is?

CAPOEIRA is Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, music, and dance. AALEAD Girls program just had a workshop on "CAPOEIRA- incorporating self-defense maneuvers” on February 4th 2010.

Thanks to Rebecca and Jennifer for facilitating the wonderful workshop for the girls, where they learnt several basic Capoeira moves, including Ginga (the basic step involving stepping back and forth rhythmically), Cocorinha (a low crouching evasive move), Queda de Rins (a low defensive move where you balance your body on your elbow and head), Meia Lua De Frente (meaning "half moon from front", a powerful kick with a step forward from the ginga position), and Bencao (or "Blessing", a really powerful kick which can be used to kick the opponent's stomach).

It was great to see girl’s excitement and their active participation while practicing different moves. At the end, all of them performed the steps that they learnt in front of the whole group.

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