Capoeira – Sport of an Angel (Victoria’s Secret)
Following our article on Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosia, we decided to dig a little deeper into capoeira to see, well, what the hell is it and how do you pronounce it? If you want to make further inquiries after reading this article, you’ll need to know how to say it before you ask about it. Here is a phonetic pronunciation – kap-oo-air–uh. Now what is it? What is this activity that can give you the body of a Victoria Secret Angel? Capoeira is a mixture of gymnastic movements called floreio which includes backflips, cartwheels, handstands. Then there are the movements of capoeria, the main stance is the ginga , a swaying, dance-like movement, that is a constant movement. And where it’s considered a martial art, there are no true blocks in capoeira; attacks are avoided with escape movements which is why the gymnastics and stances are important.
Music plays an important role the main instrument, the berimbau, sets the pace. A fast rhythm means throwing rapid kicks and flips, a slow rhythm focuses more on trickery and control. Rather than hardcore punch the hardest, the combination of the movements focuses on a more elegant martial art that requires honing intricate movements as oppose to strength. And that’s why the health benefits of this ‘game’ (not referred to as a sport) are quite incredible:
- Strength: Capoeiristas are always moving around on their hands in handstands, rolls, and poses that make a drastic improvement on upper body strength. Performing jumping kicks and movements also improve leg strength.
- Flexibility: Some capoeiristas are on par with yoga practitioners in terms of their flexibility.
- Cardio and Stamina: Intense capoeira games can require enormous amounts of energy. This, combined with constant repetition of movements and techniques, makes capoeira a valuable cardio exercise.
- Overall Fitness: Capoeira will improve your strength, flexibility, and stamina, thus improving your overall fitness. It may take a while to become fit, but once you start to take capoeira seriously you can become the picture of health.
And this is just one of the activities Alessandra Ambrosia practices to stay in shape as a Victoria’s Secret Angel! Up for the challenge?