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Capoeira Conditioning: How to Build Strength, Agility, and Cardiovascular Fitness Using Capoeira Movements [Kindle Edition]

Gerard Taylor , Anders Kjaergaard
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Book Description

The popularity of capoeira continues to rise as more people discover how useful—and fun—it can be for increasing agility and flexibility, as well as strength and endurance. Capoeira Conditioning is an illustrated guide to whole-body training based on this increasingly popular Brazilian martial art. Designed for all ages and all levels of experience, the book is a step-by-step training manual with photographs that guide users through every movement and sequence. Accompanying text gives special pointers and describes the fitness benefits of each individual technique. Capoeira Conditioning offers no-frills advice about nutrition, regularity of training, capoeira in relation to other sports, and capoeira conditioning for children, along with a simple Q&A section.

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About the Author

A graduate of the London School of Capoeira, Gerard Taylor, co-founded the Oslo Capoeira Klubb in 1996. Since then he has taught classes and workshops to thousands of people of all ages and nationalities. He is the author of Capoeira: The Jogo de Angola from Luanda to Cyberspace and Capoeira Conditioning.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3992 KB
  • Print Length: 145 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 158394141X
  • Publisher: Blue Snake Books (October 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009BVZ9G4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,551 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Conditioning January 4, 2006
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As the subtitle says, "builds strength, agility and cardiovascular fitness using capoeira movements". This book was not written to teach you capoeira. It was designed to teach people how to get fit by using capoeira exercises. To me it can be used like yoga if you want to or like an aerobics. Good book.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Usefull, If you're not in a Capoeira class. January 20, 2006
If you've attended a well orchestrated Capoeira class for a couple of months, then there should be nothing useful to you in this book. It shows you how to use a few capoeira moves, with several variations, to achieve your fitness goals. You can probably already figure out how to do that yourself. You're better off buy "The Little Capoeira Book" by Nestor Capoeira.

If you haven't attended a Capoeira class, but admire the art and are looking for a way condition your body, then this book is helpful. The author spends a good portion of the book defining "fitness" and defending his possition that Capoeira is possibly the best tool for well-rounded fitness. The rest of the book outlines some possible routines and gives detailed descriptions of moves, with pictures.

Never once does the author of this book imply his writtings as a replacement to attending a class.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This book helps you set up a work out that you can easily build on as you improve. It gives plenty of tips for working out and healthy living. This book will not substitute taking classes, but the book even says that if you are serious about capoeira you need to take classes.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK beginners book March 26, 2006
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Capoeira conditioning in a basic stretching and capoeira exercise book.

If you don't have experience in martial arts or any time of organized exercise classes, this book may be appropriate for you. As more of a beginners' book I would recommend this book. However, if you are more advanced you want to look further into your search.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Combat Conditioning with a gymnastic twist December 15, 2008
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If you are a fan of bodyweight training, you should check out this book. For those of you familiar with Combat Conditioning, you will find a lot of similarities. It's basically like Combat Conditioning with a very gymnastic twist to it, which makes it all that much more challenging and interesting. A lot of handstand type movements and supporting your bodyweight on your hands.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book delievers what it says: CONDITIONING September 7, 2009
I'm amazed at how many reviews for this book knock it down because it fails to teach Capoeira. The title of this book is not misleading at all it states quite clearly that this is a book geared towards Conditioning utilizing Capoeira.

Please look at this as a fitness manual and not an instruction manual for Capoeira. If you want to get in shape, gain some agility, and have fun in an innovative way then by all means add some of these routines to your current workout. If you're looking for instruction of Capoeira than you'll be somewhat introduced to it but not as much if you would have purchased a book intended for that purpose such as Nestors: Little Capoeira Book, one of the few publications in English. AXE
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% Correct! August 21, 2006
The title says it all. A very good book for anyone who is into physical conditioning using only body weight exercises!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Capoeira Conditioning August 8, 2006
A very good book to learn the basics of capoira movements. It is great for general fitness for anyone of any age and fitness levels.

Something different to the usual jogging, weights, cycling, etc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Routines to help the beginner.
Concepts make sense. Helps to let you understand how to operate the machine that is your body. Short read with good info. Pictures help visualize.
Published 1 month ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery and great service!
Great book and what a find!
Published 6 months ago by Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars ... and I felt this book helped me do some amazing stuff regardless...
I've always been overweight and I felt this book helped me do some amazing stuff regardless when I joined capoeira.
Published 8 months ago by Brendon Burris
4.0 out of 5 stars Good on Basics
The book advocates and explains the use of the basic moves of capoeira as a conditioning tool. The text is very clear, the exercises are very well explained, with plenty of photos. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Howard G. Anders Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of great info for capoeira conditioning.
This book breaks capoeira down into the 4 or 5 most common/basic movements and provides multiple workout plans for conditioning for capoeiristas. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rebecca B.
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read well written for the beginner in mind
I really liked reading this kindle edition book very easy to read. Straight to the point I hope the author writes another book on techniques you can add to this book. Read more
Published 16 months ago by ghostb
3.0 out of 5 stars a good adjunct to classes, not a replacement.
A good way to improve your flexibility and get yourself on the path to practicing capoeira. The exercises are very useful but the photo segments could be more thorough
Published 17 months ago by nick spalding
5.0 out of 5 stars Harder than I thought, but in a good way
Though it is difficult to understand exactly what is being described with some of the techniques, a simple Youtube search immediately corrects this and makes it a minor issue. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I do not like to read, but I actually read this whole book, lol. I rarely read an entire book. This is a great book if you like Capoeira as much as I do and want to improve on it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Ripley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great tips!
Many of the stretches in here can be found in various yoga books and whatnot, but the information is still very informative. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Freedom Fighter
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