By Yossi Sheriff

This is the start page for all the Capoeira techniques in the Akban-wiki. I recorded and documented these techniques with the invaluable help of the father of Capoeira in Israel, Doron Lux (Calunga) from ABADA Capoeira. Doing all the movements are Ariel Luria (Magoo) and Gato from ABADA Israel.

Capoeira in Brazil

In Brazil, there are variable kinds of Capoeira, the most known around the world is the Capoeira Contemporânea (conteporain capoeira). The other two types are Capoeira da Angola and Capoeira Regional (Angola Capoeira and regional Capoeira).

Differences between schools

Basically, the biggest difference between the three types are that Capoeira Contemporânea is focused on fighting other martial artists, Capoeira da Angola is focused on movement, dancing and is a slower Capoeira. Capoeira Regional is the only one in the three that is capable of taking down your opponents (unbalancing moves), and is also the traditional capoeira.

How does a Capoeira fight look

The Capoeira rounds or Capoeira circles are called Rodas de Capoeira, where the fight is held. Capoeira regional is also unique in music: the other two types can have numerous Berimbaus and Pandeiros(tambourines), while in Capoeira regional there is a must that have only one Berimbau and two tambourines being played while the crowd is allowed to sing and clap hands.

In Capoeira, high graded fighters can be told to do some kind of moves according to the song, which is decided by the person who´s playing the Berimbau.


The origins of Capoeira can be described in two ways, the first and the most famous way is that Capoeira was created by the African slaves who came to brazilian farms and workshops and needed to pretend to be dancing while training fighting techniques. The second way is that the slaves just learned Capoeira from the Indian tribes, whose people were also used as slaves before the African people, and it was originated by an Indian unarmed-fight called mica.

Capoeira techniques

Video list of the Capoeira Kicks

Click on individual techniques to go to the video article.

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Capoeira Movements

Video list of the Capoeira Movements

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Video list of the Capoeira Throws

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Capoeira strikes

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Capoeira combos

Capoeira combos are combos made by Master Bimba, to train novices and advanced fighters. The moves used in the novice's combo, always will start using the right leg.

  1. Meia Lua de frente - Half moon from front
  2. Armada (or Armed, literally)
  3. Cocorinha or Guarda Baixa (Cocorinha or Low Guard)
  4. Aú - Capoeira cartwheel (Au)
  5. Aú Rolê (Rolling Au)
  6. Negativa (Negative)
  7. Bênção (Bless)
  8. Meia Lua de compasso or Meia lua de Costas (Measure Half-moon, literally, or back


  1. Rolê (Rolling)
  2. Galopante (Galloper)
  3. Martelo (Hammer)
  4. Queixada (Queixada, or Chin strike, literally. Similar an inverse Front half-moon)
  5. Cabeçada (Headbutt)
  6. Arrastão (Trowler, Prowler or Dragger)
  7. Cotovelada (Poke, Elbow strike)
  8. Banda (Banda, or Band, not the music one)
  9. Guarda média or esquiva Esquiva de lado, ( Mid Guard or Dodge)
  10. Joelhada (Knee Strike)
  11. First Combo (attack)
  12. Front half moon (right leg)
  13. Front half moon (left leg) + Armada (Right Leg)
  14. Negativa (Right Leg)

Second Combo (attack)

  1. Queixada (right leg)+ Queixada (Left Leg)
  2. Cocorinha
  3. Bênção
  4. Aú - Capoeira cartwheel, Negativa, Rolê

Third Combo (attack)

  1. Martelo Hammer (Right)
  2. Martelo Hammer (Left)
  3. Cocorinha
  4. Bênção, Bless

Fourth Combo (attack)

  1. Poke (right ARM) + Poke (left ARM)
  2. Mid Guard + Headbutt
  3. Negativa
  4. Cabeçada Headbutt

Fifth combo

  1. Galloper
  2. Knee Strike
  3. Aú Rolê

Sixth Combo

  1. Back Half-moon (right)
  2. cocorinha
  3. Bless
  4. Aú Rolê

Seventh Combo

  1. Armada
  2. Cocorinha
  3. Bless
  4. Aú Role

Eighth Combo

  1. Bless
  2. Aú Rolê


The Belts in Capoeira are called Ropes.

  • Novice: no Rope
  • Baptized: Green
  • Graduated: Yellow
  • Graduated: Blue
  • Intermediate: Green and Yellow
  • Advanced: Green and Blue
  • Trainee or Improver: Yellow and Blue

After that one can teach Capoeira.

Advanced graduation

  • Formed: Green Yellow and Blue
  • Monitor: White and Green
  • Professor: White and Yellow
  • Counter-Master: White and Blue
  • Master: White

If the fighter is under 14 in age, you must add a light gray to the rope, after that he goes to the second graduation (Green); in some cases, the student can go to a higher graduation, such as yellow; if the student reaches more than seven graduations, even being under 14, he goes to the green rope, and start from it.

Capoeira video playlist