This is part two of a three part series on the three main styles of Capoeira that are taught today.
Capoeira Regional comes from the legacy of Mestre Bimba who, during the prohibition of Capoeira, developed a new style of Capoeira and created a formalised teaching method to disseminate it.
Mestre Bimba looked to improve the efficiency of Capeoria as a martial art after some of its efficiency was lost over time through its prohibition and its use for entertain purposes. To do this, Mestre Bimba modified existing capoeira movements, developed his own movements and incorporated movements from an African martial art ‘Batuque’ which he learned from his father.
Capoeira Regional is characterised by a moderate to fast paced game and, unlike Capoeira Angola, does not utilise chamadas.
Instead the ginga and movements are more standardised and are primarily taught using eight basic sequences outlined by Mestre Bimba.
The sequences of Mestre Bimba teach a student to attack, evade, counter attack and escape.
Music for Capoeira Regional is accompanied by a simplified bateria consisting of one berimbau and two pandeiros. Similar to many Angola schools the bateria is often seated.
Contrary to what one might think, there are relatively few traditional Capoeira Regional schools still teaching in the same way that Mestre Bimba taught. More often than not, non-Angola Capoeira groups today fall into the Capoeira Contemporânea category, but we will have to leave that style till next time.