An illustrated guide to 100 essential techniques and movements used in the Brazilian martial art of capoeira—with photographs and no-nonsense tips for practitioners of all skill levels
Capoeira 100 is a step-by-step guide to one hundred techniques and one hundred exercises for training in the art of capoeira. In Part One of the book, easy-to-follow instructions and photographs guide you through defensive movements, groundwork, flying kicks, escapes, floreios, and acrobatics of capoeira, with pointers and hints on their application in the game. Divided into beginning, intermediate, and advanced sections, there are suitable techniques for students of all levels.
Part Two provides one hundred exercises, games, and training drills to practice alone or with a partner. The exercises are designed to build timing, versatility, and conditioning, and are so varied you can train one hundred times without ever repeating the same exercise twice. Each drill has been tried and tested in capoeira classes by experienced instructors. Capoeira 100 concludes with a glossary of 100 Portuguese terms used by Brazilian capoeira players, and a Q&A section of common questions.
This unique training manual is ideal for capoeira students, freestyle martial artists, dancers, actors, fitness enthusiasts, and others who increasingly look to capoeira for its inspiring and diverse techniques.
A graduate of the London School of Capoeira, Gerard Taylor co-founded the Oslo Capoeira Klubb in Norway in 1996. Since then, he has taught classes and workshops to thousands of people of all ages and nationalities. Taylor is also the author of the popular Capoeira Conditioning.
Anders Kjaergaard is a professional photographer living and working in London. In addition to shooting all the photographs in Capoeira 100, he illustrated Taylor's two previous books. Kjaergaard and Sue Parkhill are both graduates of the Royal College of Art where they studied photography in the MA program. They both continue to show their own work internationally as well as collaborating on projects such as this one.