Monday, February 7, 2011

Mestre Bimba's 8 Sequences

Mestre Bimba, the creator of the Regional style of Capoeira, created the first method to learn Capoeira, it consisted of a logical sequence of attack, defense and counter attack movements, put into a simplified form for the initiates.

It permitted the students to learn how to play with a strong sense of motivation and security. Jair Moura, ex-student explains, "These are a series of complete physical exercises and they are organized in a number of practical and efficient lessons for the beginner in Capoeira. They are executed inside a small with as little time as possible to convince the student of the value of the fight, as a system of attack and defense."

The original complete sequences of learning were formed with 17 strikes, where each student executed 154 movements to 308, to condition the student physically and to teach specific motor skills to the practitioners.


The 8 Sequences of Mestre Bimba - "Sequencia de Bimba"

Sequence 1













Sequence 1
Player One (Plain Pants) Meia Lua de Frente, Meia Lua de Frente, Armada, Aú
Player Two (Striped Pants) Cocorinha, Cocorinha, Negativa, Cabeçada

This can be broken down into the following steps:












Step 1 The two players begin to ginga
Step 2 Player One steps forward towards Player Two in order to be in the position to attack
Step 3 Player One attacks with Meia Lua de Frente, while Player Two defends with Cocorinha
Step 4 When Player One finished the kick Player Two stands up
Step 5 Player One attacks again with Meia Lua de Frente. Player Two defends with Cocorinha
Step 6 Player One finishes the kick but instead of taking the foot back to the ginga position, finishes with the foot forward in a position to attack with Armada
Step 7 Player One attacks with Armada
Step 8 Player Two defends with Negativa, positioning the foot behind Player Ones support leg, in order to take him down
Step 9 Player One escapes with an Aú
Step 10 Player Two attacks with a Cabeçada (while Player One is still in the Au)


Sequence 2












Sequence 2
Player One (Plain Pants) Martelo, Martelo, Cocorinha, Benção, Aú
Player Two (Striped Pants) Banda, Banda, Armada, Negativa, Cabeçada

This can be broken down into the following steps:












Step 1 The two players begin to ginga
Step 2 Player One attacks with Martelo but Player Two tries to sweep him with Banda (but doesn't!)
Step 3 Player One attacks again with Martelo (opposite leg) and once again Player Two tries to sweep him with Banda (but doesn't!)
Step 4 Player Two attacks with Armada
Step 5 Player One defends with Cocorinha
Step 6 Player One stands and attacks with Benção
Step 7 Player Two defends with Negativa
Step 8 Player One escapes with an Aú
Step 9 Player Two attacks with a Cabeçada (while Player One is still in the Au)


Sequence 3












Sequence 3
Player One (Plain Pants) Queixada, Queixada, Cocorinha, Benção, Aú
Player Two (Striped Pants) Cocorinha, Cocorinha, Armada, Nevagtiva, Cabeçada

This can be broken down into the following steps:












Step 1 The two players begin to ginga
Step 2 Player One steps forward (with the right leg)
Step 3 Player One attacks with Queixada but Player Two defends with Cocorinha
Step 4 Once Player One finishes the kick Player Two stands up
Step 5 Player One attacks with Queixada, Player Two defends with Cocorinha
Step 6 Player One finishes the kick and Player Two stands up ready to attack
Step 7 Player Two attacks with an Armada. Player One defends with Cocorinha
Step 8 Player One stands and attacks with a Benção. Player Two defends with Negativa
Step 9 If Player Two were to pull Player One's leg he would fall badly
Step 10 Player One escapes with an Aú. Player Two attacks with Cabeçada


Sequence 4












Sequence 4
Player One (Plain Pants) Galopante, Negativa, Rolê
Player Two (Striped Pants) Arrastão, Aú

This can be broken down into the following steps:












Step 1 The two players begin to ginga
Step 2 Player One attacks with Galopante. Player Two defends by striking his shoulder against Player One's hip while pulling him from behind the knees - knocking him down
Step 3 Player One falls to the floor
Step 4 Player One falls into the Negativa. Player Two escapes with an Aú
Step 5 Player One attacks with a Cabeçada


Sequence 5












Sequence 5
Player One (Plain Pants) Giro, Joelhada, Aú
Player Two (Striped Pants) Arpão de Cabeça, Negativa, Cabeçada

This can be broken down into the following steps:












Step 1 The two players begin to ginga
Step 2 Player One performs Giro, threatening to attack. Player Two defends with Cocorinha and then attacks with Arpão de Cabeça
Step 3 Player One attacks with Joelhada aimed at Player Two's face. Player Two quickly moves to Negativa
Step 4 Player One escapes with an Aú
Step 5 Player Two attacks with a Cabeçada


Sequence 6












Sequence 6
Player One (Plain Pants) Meia Lua de Compasso, Cocorinha
Player Two (Striped Pants) Cocorinha, Meia Lua de Compasso

This can be broken down into the following steps:












Step 1 The two players begin to ginga
Step 2 Player One prepares to attack with a Meia Lua de Compasso
Step 3 Player One attacks with the Meia Lus de Compasso. Player Two defends with Cocorinha
Step 4 Player Two prepares to attack with a Meia Lua de Compasso from the Cocorinha
Step 5 Player Two attacks with the Meia Lua de Compasso. Player One defends with Cocorinha


Sequence 7












Sequence 7
Player One (Plain Pants) Armada, Cocorinha, Benção, Aú
Player Two (Striped Pants) Cocorinha, Armada, Negativa

This can be broken down into the following steps:












Step 1 The two players begin to ginga. Player One prepares to attack with an Armada. Player Two defends with Cocorinha
Step 2 Player Two stands and prepares to counter attack with an Armada
Step 3 Player Two attacks with Armada. Player One quickly goes into Cocorinha
Step 4 Player One stands and attacks with Benção. Player Two defends with Negativa and prepares to sweep Player One's leg
Step 5 Player One escapes with an Aú. Player Two attacks with Cabeçada


Sequence 8












Sequence 8
Player One (Plain Pants) Benção, Aú
Player Two (Striped Pants) Negativa, Rolê, Cabeçada

This can be broken down into the following steps:












Step 1 The two players begin to ginga. Player One attacks with Benção. Player Two defends with Negativa
Step 2 While in the Negativa Player Two places his front font behind Player One's support leg
Step 3 Player One escapes with an Aú. Player Two uses a Rolê to get close and attacks with Cabeçada





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