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Earning it's place as the "King of Kicks", the Meia Lua De Compasso is one of the strongest, fastest & most lethal kick in the capoeira world. This offensive move is highly regarded as a true elemental representation of capoeira with the combination of an evasive maneuver and a spinning kick.

One myth described that the slaves would put their chained hands on the floor so that they were able to launch a fast & surprising round kick. There is also a saying among capoeira mestres that a capoeirista's general skill level can be determined on how well and fast they are able to execute a Meia Lua De Compasso.

With the right technique it can be applied in various styles, speeds, strengths & heights. This move involves full body movement/rotation, balance, momentum & control.

Meia Lua De Compasso Knockouts

Start your practice by watching this video and then proceed to step-by-step guides

Here are the step-by step-guides:

1st level

Beginner

  1. Start from a ginga position (dominant leg at the rear)
  2. Step into a cadeira position with your rear foot
  3. Step diagonally across with your opposite foot
  4. Turn your head & body diagonally towards your rear foot and place both hands on the ground directly underneath you
  5. Look towards the front between your arms & legs
  6. Once your body has locked into postion carefully allow your rear foot to launch out towards the front with a solid straight leg and the heel of your foot directing your kick
  7. The launch of your kick should create a "half moon" pattern going from left to right & vice versa (depending on the direction of your kick) and ensure that your arm (same position of the foot kicking) is guarding your face as you spin
  8. Aim to land your foot back into the same postition it lift off, your kick must do a full 360° rotation and should reset your body back into your initial ginga postition
  9. Repeat multiple times until you get a feel of the movement

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Note

  Keep in mind

Ensure that your kicking leg is always straight & solid, if your leg is bent it can affect your spin and will cause you to go unbalanced.

Moderate level

make these improvements:

1. Once you've got the basics from the beginner level repeat the same steps however apply a little more power & speed when you turn your body & launch your kicks. This will help build momentum and balance as you turn and kick.

2. Focus on your technique & balance as you transition from each steps. Try different heights with your kicks by adjusting both your torso and leg as you turn. Find the right adjustments until you feel a comfortable spinning rotation.

3. Repeat multiple times until you get a better control of the movement and various heights.

Note

  Keep in mind

To adjust the heights of your kick, the lower you throw your torso the higher your leg kicks.

Advanced level

make these improvements:

1. Once you've got the moderate level all sorted repeat the same steps but this time only place one hand (opposite side of the foot kicking) on the ground and apply more power & speed to your kick.

2. Find the right adjustments until you feel a comfortable spinning rotation.

3. Repeat multiple times until you get a better control of the various speeds, heights & power.

Note

  Keep in mind

The power of the kick begins with the hand(s) slamming into the ground and ending with the spin of the kicking heel.

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