This site documents my research of Capoeira Carioca, the original combat capoeira of old Rio de Janeiro. Note that all these techniques came from my historical research and are unknown in modern capoeira (generally not done anymore); therefore, if you see somebody doing these techniques today, chances are they took it from this website. Of course, I cannot forbid people from using these techniques; nevertheless, they should acknowledge where they got them from.

Additionally, techniques of related styles (Batuque, original Regional, old Bahian capoeira) will be discussed.

(c)2024 Renato Muller; with special thanks to Zbynek, David and Filip

You can email me: capoeiragem at


 Learn Capoeira Carioca!

"Can I learn Capoeira Carioca by myself?" - or a textbook of Carioca


 Advanced Carioca & the second book

What are these 'advanced Carioca' techniques?

What is the 'Second book of capoeiragem'?

How to train RubberLegs techniques

The secret of capoeiragem walk

Old Recife capoeira videos

Proto-capoeira - the deepest dive into capoeiragem history



I created a new blog accompanying this site!



Warning! The techniques described below can cause serious injury or death. Use this material only for your information.

2.Cabeçada solta
4.Eye fork
5.Cabeçada presa
6.Corta capim
7.External slap
8.Low rasteira
10.Chest smasher cabeçada
11.Internal slap
12.Pe de panzina
15.Cruz de carreira
16.Banda de frente
17.Banda de costa
19.Me esquece
20.Flying tesoura
25.Voo de morçego
26.Double leg cabeçada
27.Rasteira Bahiana
29.Jawkick (and Double jawkick)
32.Elbow spear
35.frontal and rear Raspa 
36.Banda traçada one-sided
37.Lifting banda
38.Cabeçadas to the face
39.Banda traçada two-sided
41.Banda jogada
43.Banda amarrada
45.true Meia lua de compasso
46.Banda cruzada
48.Internal banda traçada
49.Chest smasher against a punch
50.Pantana de lado
51.Açoite de braço
52.Boca de calça
53.Crawling tesoura
54.Uppercut jab
55.Rabo de arraia
56.Chest-pusher takedown
57.Tesoura torcida
58.Duas meia lua num lugar só
59.Pantana de cocoras
60.Fallback throw
61.Carioca evasions
63.Banda de lado
64.Heavy strikes (slap, frontkick, uppercut) 
65.Flying 41

Note to the above techniques
Note to vocalization



 General articles

Baloes - reference list

Can cabeçada be used in combat?

Baloes in capoeira Angola, v.2

What are animal archetypes?

What is Ruy Gouveia's Giro de cintura?

Primitive capoeira???

Was Carioca good for combat?

What is the real Rasteira?

1000 and 1 Capoeira Carioca

Capoeira for fighting against capoeira

The real Banda de costa

Applying bandas in combat

The Pontape dilemma

Capoeira is wrestling

Clube X position

Nerve attacks in capoeiragem

The list of headbutts used in capoeiragem

Defending grabs in capoeiragem

The hierarchy of MLDCs

Muscle based, tendon based or nerve based martial arts?

Tactical scheme of capoeiragem

Tactical scheme of capoeiragem 2

Why are there so few kicks?

Slaps in capoeiragem - reference

Tactics 3 (Xico talks to Filip)

The big article on roundkicks

The big article on frontkicks

Smaller article on sidekicks

A tiny article about backhookkicks

Oh no, we have a wrong Peneiracao!

Calixto: RubberLegs Low rasteira

Baloes = challenges

Fundamentals: Cabeçada is better than a double leg takedown

Zebra wrestling

Without gangs/mass battles, there is no Carioca

Which 'Rabo de arraia' just hit me?

Once more Paul Vunak & Carioca

Why Sinhozinho's capoeira is not Carioca



 Other martial arts

Why this section?

Funakoshi's lost Mantis throws

Koshiki no kata: The judo form of broken spine 

Decoding the 'murderstroke'



LightLegs basic training



Which martial art today teaches LightLegs?


Why cabeçada is better than a double leg takedown



 Articles on old Bahian capoeiragem

Old Bahian Capoeira and LightLegs kicks

The secret of old Bahian capoeira: Escape Low rasteira with Au

Bahian Ginga

How to kick a true Armada

Meia lua e armada

Kicking the Au?

Sad tale of blocking a front kick

Three Bahian cabeçadas

Counters to Bahian cabeçadas

The mystery of Bimba's 5th sequence

Pastinha's Eagle claws

Stealth Bençao

Stealth kicks from ginga (Armada, Mldf, Mldf)

Au com Role (Au balloon)

The secret of Angola Baloes


 Articles on Mestre Bimba's Nemer system

Ginga of Mestre Bimba

Mestre Bimba's Nemer style - introduction

The mystery of Godeme

Mestre Bimba's hand techniques

Bimba's true "Chega prá lá"

Bimba's true Negativa takedown

Mestre Bimba's system of evasions

Bimba's original 6th sequence

Quebra mao and Arpinio

LightSkills evasions - Cocorinha and Rear queda de tres

Mestre Bimba's Chanceries

Cintura desprezada as nerve confuser throws

Do not Rasteira a Bençao!

Bimba's sequence - fake-counters



 Articles on Batuque


Batuque tactical scheme


 Evil techniques of old capoeiragem

What are 'evil techniques'?

Au chibata



 Older articles

On Batuque/Pernada

Baloes - the throws of Regional

Regional = Baloes

Batuque - and Shuai Jiao














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