How to Become an Effective Capoeira Fighter

Learn how to become an effective Capoeira fighter from Capoeira experts Tiba Vieira and Mestre Jelon Vieira in this Howcast video.


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If you want to learn a martial art that puts finesse in fighting techniques, Capoeira is for you. This martial art from Brazil incorporates dance, music, and acrobatics into self-defense moves. Learn the moves from Capoeira experts Tiba Vieira and Mestre Jelon Vieira in these videos.



Mestre Jelon Vieira: If someone comes to me and says, "I want to become a Capoeira fighter." Before he/she will learn how to fight Capoeira, they have to learn the art of capoeira, so they can use it as a fight when is time, if it ever come to that time of using Capoeira to self defense. But to become a good Capoeirista, we never really use the word Capoeira fighter, we use capoeirista, or player, Capoeira player. To become a good Capoeirista, or a good fighter, you must train, it's the true secret I always tell my students. Training, training and training. There is no other option. It's a work, just like anything else, if you want to be good you have to work. No pain, no gain. Professor Vieira: When you start training Capoeira, it comes very confusing to be able to distinguish, you know, when to esquive, when to go down, when to kick, it's something you develop over time, you know, it's meter of developing momentum and we training, years of practicing you know, anyone to capoeira will have that, that skills of being able to esquive, you know, usually there is no sigh you know, no free to esquive, it's just like were standing against you, openly, you never know when that person will pouch, it's a meter of knowing when to esquive, to dock, you know, it's meter of knowing how close you get or how far away she moves. So, in capoeira is the same thing, you know, you never know when your partner will strike, but usually, you know, once you become more comfortable with the jinga and you get a good sense of distance, you know, there is thing should help you understand when to esquive, when to kick and the only way out is to practice and to play as much as you can to play with different people because playing with the each person will be a different experience and the more you play the more experience you get in the world of capoeira.


  • Tiba Vieira

    Tiba Vieira started his capoeira training in Brazil with Mestre Jelon Vieira, the pioneer of capoeira in the United States. In 1997, Professor Tiba moved to the United States to continue his capoeira training under the mentoring of Mestre Jelon and to attend school. Professor Tiba has been learning and teaching the art of capoeira for almost two decades. He currently teaches at the Ailey School and at Tisch School of the Arts, and in his spare time he teaches in after-school programs and community centers throughout New York City. He has also performed regularly throughout the United States and internationally. In addition, Professor Tiba has appeared in TNT's "Martial Artists of the 20th Century," the New York Film Academy's "Fascinado Pela Capoeira," the PBS serie's "Egg: The Arts Show," GQ magazine, Free magazine, LXTV/NBC "Spotlight of the week" and Gettyimages. He holds a BFA degree in Electronic Design and Multimedia.