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miles123
10/17/2013 6:48pm,
What are your opinions on Capoeria? Is it viable for use in self-defense/street combat, or in the ring (kickboxing/MMA)?

mrbigglesworth
10/17/2013 7:27pm,
In my humble opinion... NOPE! I feel that its even less useful than strictly traditional arts... I'm not saying that speed and flexibility are useless,they are for sure, but the techniques are just impractical and extremely difficult to put to use. I'm a traditional martial artist by nature, but even I cross trained in combat sports ( before a knee injury )because most traditional techniques were too difficult to pull off on an opponent. Learn capoeira if you want to look cool or become flexible, but you'll get creamed by any decent sport martial artist (kyokushin,judo,bjj,muay thai)

slamdunc
10/17/2013 9:27pm,
In my humble opinion... NOPE!I would have to second that. Although I've never trained with any practitioners of this particular type of dancing, I cannot fathom how it would work in any type of real scrap.

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HereBeADragon
10/17/2013 10:03pm,
Capoeira is not the most practical style but if trained well can work. The kicks can generate a great deal of force and are very fast. The challenge is in developing the timing and practical experience needed to execute those kicks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prIA7J4MRKg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il_qcmd1KPk

Otherwise it goes more like this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvooin9n9I4

Chili Pepper
10/17/2013 10:27pm,
I've been doing capoeira for four years now, and no, not a chance would I use it in a real fight or even a serious sparring match. (although, I will admit that the ginga footwork has crept into my arnis)

However, you will build some very interesting strength and balance, it's a crap-tonne of fun, and you train with hot, fit chicks in skin-tight pants.

slamdunc
10/17/2013 11:48pm,
I've been doing capoeira for four years now, and no, not a chance would I use it in a real fight or even a serious sparring match. (although, I will admit that the ginga footwork has crept into my arnis)As something that enhances, I see the merit.

However, you will build some very interesting strength and balance, it's a crap-tonne of funAgain, a positive.

you train with hot, fit chicks in skin-tight pants.This is the part where I get distracted and would definitely fail.

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Cake of Doom
10/18/2013 5:25am,
Capoeira has a large dose of crazy-mad in the techniques but you have to admit: it looks cool as ****!

Chili Pepper
10/18/2013 8:21am,
One benefit to capoeira is the development of the stability of the whole body. Take something like helping a friend move into/out of the second floor of an old house: you'll be taking the stairs, there are awkward corners, and you'll be lifting awkwardly-shaped weights.

So much of capoeira involves moving with control, through unbalanced, unstable positions, with a huge range of motion.

I'm really getting into this guy's (Ido Portal) stuff:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb7GjomO7Ns

Fuzzy
10/18/2013 8:35am,
A number of the guys I train with (both stick and MMA) are also Capoeristas (I think that's the right term). My observations:

1. They're really "mobile", good head and torso movement, seem to be really fluid.
2. Ginga footwork is REALLY annoying to deal with at longer ranges.
3. They kick like fucking mules.

Cake of Doom
10/18/2013 9:04am,
I keep thinking that see similarities between capoeira and the drunken kung fu styles. Am I on drugs or does anyone else see it?

Diesel_tke
10/18/2013 9:31am,
I've always wanted to try it out. I have a friend who did some in the past. When I was showing him stick fighitng footwork, he showed me some that he did in Capoeria, and it was really similar. That tells me that it could be useful if you learned to apply the techniques to live sparring.

Of course that applies to lots of other stuff like Taiji, Xingyi, walking, running, and ballet. :)

goodlun
10/18/2013 10:33am,
It seems to me to sort of fall into that range as Akido. Probably a good supplemental art if you already have really solid basics down.
However that is just a guess.

PointyShinyBurn
10/18/2013 10:46am,
It seems to me to sort of fall into that range as Akido. Probably a good supplemental art if you already have really solid basics down.Much more useful in that Capoeiristas tend to be in absolutely beastly physical condition and have few illusions about direct carry-over to fighting.

Vieux Normand
10/18/2013 12:04pm,
Am I on drugs...?

Wouldn't you know?

HereBeADragon
10/18/2013 6:27pm,
I keep thinking that see similarities between capoeira and the drunken kung fu styles. Am I on drugs or does anyone else see it?

Actually a lot of it reminds me of Monkey Kung Fu more than Drunken. Drunken Monkey Capoeira sounds pretty bad ass though.

goodlun
10/18/2013 7:53pm,
Actually a lot of it reminds me of Monkey Kung Fu more than Drunken. Drunken Monkey Capoeira sounds pretty bad ass though.

You mean Druken Monkey Capoeria sounds bad ass.

On topic question, is the conditioning gained worth it vs say spending that time just doing more of insert effective martial art?