Published On: Tue, Oct 3rd, 2017

How to Do the Gancho in Capoeira

How to Do the Gancho in Capoeira - Advanced Capoeira Kick

The Gancho in Capoeira

Now we’re going to do the gancho, which is a hook kick in Capoeira. So, usually, you know, when you apply it, you kick out the elbow, then you hook in your partner through the back, so I will have Professor Galfuino to demonstrate it.

It takes a lot of practice for you to really get this kick. It’s very different from any other kicks, like the Meia Lua de Frente or the queixada. It requires a lot of control, you know, going out and lots of control coming back.

So, usually when new students start doing this kick, most of the time they lose their balance, especially when they need to work on their flexibility and balance. So, I will have Professor Galfuino demonstrate the movement and it goes like that.

The is just like any other kick. It can always be from the back. Okay. Always with the strong Ginga, you know, the arms up there. It can be done from the back or with a step, step, and parallel, so he’s going to go ahead and do a hook kick. And you move back.

Now, from there, he will do it again. Gancho. And always work to maintain your balance. Be careful, usually with this kick, you have the tendons dropping back, so stabilize by using your core and switching your arms.

Now, from there, you will ginga a little bit. And you will be free to do the gancho with a step or just from the back. Okay. In a way, doing gancho is like almost going in for one kick, but then you’re hooking them back with the gancho. And bring it back. And that’s the gancho.

Now, if we demonstrate it in partners, we come here, you know, facing each other. Good ginga. Okay. Relax into the gancho positions, so that’s, we go there. We ginga. Okay.He’s going to do it from the back. Right there. Ginga, and just [rattle] off.

And stop right here. Okay. Always maintain a good distance. You will apply the gancho from the back and you can just keep it here and bring it back. Now, we gancho to the other side, now from there, gancho, bring it back, and I’m going to do the gancho, step in, so we ginga. I’m going to step. I’m going to kick with my right. Gancho all the way back. I ginga. So, right here, I step, and then from here, I hook it back, and finish it all the way back.

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Peter A Soto is a Martial Artist with more than 20 years training all kinds of Martial Arts styles such as Kenpo Karate, Japanese Karate, Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Tang Soo Do, Kung Fu, Krav Maga… He is also a Certified High School Teacher in the State of California, he was also a Fulbright Teacher by the Department of Education of the United States of America.