Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Capoeira class...file under: What was I thinking?

A person I met at dinner party over the summer, invited me to try their Capoeira class. I thought, "why not?"

Well despite working out 5-6 days a week, the class kicked my butt. The next day it hurt to walk down steps. I understood why my legs were sore but my entire body?

A few classes in, no more pain but the steps are getting more and more difficult. I really don't think I'll be doing a backflip any time soon. I'm no spring chicken.

Our Professor is from Brazil, so my friend translates from Portuguese into Italian. Thank god I do know enough Italian to follow.

One of my friends back in L.A. who's a dancer, told me to really be careful with the transitions. I haven't take dance classes since I moved from NYC to L.A. over 12 years ago.

It's fun to try something new but there are moments in class when I say to myself, "What was I thinking?"

Those thoughts also come to mind when I watch Capoeira videos:

10 comments:

Moi said...

WOW! Good for you for going for it! They had a group doing capoeria at the summer solstice parade. But in the video-near the end when the two are doing handstands jumping up and down with their hands? Holy crap!

Diana Strinati Baur said...

oh come on. You don't find this stuff easy? I flip like that just getting out of bed in the morning.

Seriously, be careful. This looks like something for "the kids". HA! I think I will stick with raking and walking the dog.

Kim B. said...

That is so freakin' cool that you have the guts to go do this!!! I wish I had half your gumption! This is a big reason why you are going to be a BIG SUCCESS!!!!!

carrieitly said...

Regardless of whatever you "were thinking", I'm thinking you're awesome for giving this a go!

homebody at heart said...

OMG! My wrists hurt just looking at them doing, whatever! What were you thinking! (But, brava for doing it!)

Viajera said...

I totally agree with you. I signed up for a class, but dropped out after about 5 lessons. My body was all, "WTF?!!", every single day. :P

homebody at heart said...

P.S. Have you thought about taking Zumba classes? I was thinking about going to the classes at the gym. It seems more low impact and dance-oriented (though, I'm sure I will still hurt in places I forgot I could hurt.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

moi - holy crap is right. I don't think I'll be doing that any time soon.

diana - ha! I'll be careful.

kimb - ahhw thank you.

carrieitly - grazie. it is fun even when I have no idea what I'm doing.

homebody - that is one area I have to watch. the professor is constantly telling fix the position of my hands. I start Italian classes after the festival so my schedule is pretty full for now. I hear those classes are fun though.

viajera - After my first class I was really tempted to say, basta. The pain next day was no joke.

Cherrye at My Bella Vita said...

Fun! I mean, painful, but fun! No?

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

cherrye - yes, it's really fun and a great workout.