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THE RHYTHMS

In class and in the Roda, you will hear four main types of rhythms, each associated with a particular style of the game.

Angola
More than just a rhythm, Angola is Capoeira in its most historical, raw form; it constitutes its own, completely exclusive genre. Capoeira Angola is the mother of Capoeira Regional, the rhythm is slow, and the games are extremely expressive, low to the ground, and ritualistic. Games are long, and involve mental concentration as much as physical skill. Mandinga, essentially trickiness or cleverness, is fundamental in Angola. At Capoeira Brasil, a student does not begin to learn Angola until he or she is at an intermediate level in their training.

Benguela
This game was created by Manoel dos Reis Machado, the famous Mestre Bimba. It's a medium rhythm, where capoeiristas test each other, play close and develop their more complex movements. As a beginner you will first learn to play to the Benguela rhythm.

Regional
This is a fast, much more aggressive game. Capoeiristas move quickly, using the same types of kicks, takedowns, and flourishes as in a Banguela game, but much faster, more objective and dynamic. This is also the game in which players may explore the "fight" of Capoeira. A player’s reflexes must be on point, in order to react quickly to the fast and powerful kicks and be able to counter-attack adeptly. Beginners typically do not play the Regional rhythm.

Iúna
Following the tradition of capoeira Regional the game of Iúna is extremely technical. Only the most graduated students of the group are permitted to play this game in the presence of their mestre. It is a game in which the Capoeirista demonstrates acrobatic skill, balance, strength, and agility. The berimbau rhythm is accompanied only by the atabaque and pandeiro and applause follows each game. Mestre Bimba created this game to show that Capoeiristas could land on their feet no matter how they fall.