- Beauty & Style
- Contact Us
Like Us, Follow Us
Your lifestyle, your quirk
Recently, I wrote an article about the ways martial arts can benefit you physically. It’s a great way to learn defense, build confidence, and whip yourself into some serious shape! You can begin martial arts at almost any age; I took tae kwon do when I was about seven and fell in love. The hard part is finding out which style of martial art suits you best. In the next few paragraphs, I’ll endeavor to make that choice a bit easier by focusing on capoeira.
Capoeira is an old style of martial art. It originated in Brazil and has never strayed far from its roots. One intriguing aspect of learning the style is that you’ll learn at least some words of a new language. You may not become fluent (that depends on your dedication!), but because the martial art style relies so heavily on its mother country, you’ll come to understand at least a little Brazilian Portuguese.
Capoeira is a very intense style of martial art; according to Wikipedia, it “combines elements of dance and music.” It will do wonders for your overall bodily strength. Many poses require extensive use of the hands in handstands, rolls, and the like, and will help you develop a great deal of upper body strength. You’ll also learn many kicks and postures that require a lot of strength from your legs, so no part of your body is left out.
The art also increases your flexibility. Some of the people who practice capoeira are just as flexible as those who avidly practice yoga. The poses and “moves” of the art greatly influence the overall flexibility of your body, particularly your legs. Historically, says Wikipedia, it “focused on fighting outnumbered, or in technological disadvantage.” Attacks are quick and decisive, and defense is based around evading strikes, rather than blocking them.
I have also heard the martial art described as a way to connect with yourself, to discover yourself a bit more. Working hard, building confidence, making friends, and following a passion will always help you learn more about yourself, and how astounding the human body truly is.
If you’re looking for a fun, fast-paced way to get in shape and branch out, or possibly learn about another culture, you should definitely give capoeira a try. The martial art is so much more than combat; it’s a game, a way of life, a way of defense, and more beyond that. I sincerely hope you decide to give it a try, and if you do, send me a picture! I’d love to see. Have an amazing week, everyone.