Updated 29.5.2024

Batuque is a leg-wrestling game; ie a game where you use your legs to attack opponent's legs and he uses his legs to defend.

Batuque by played by two players. The defender is standing with his feet together, usually in one of the disruptor stances; while the attacker is moving around him using Batuque footwork; tricking, then unexpectedly launching a leg swipe to take the defender down.
The standing player can defend by using disruptor stances and by going up with the swipe, 'riding' it, thus staying on his feet.

On a higher level, the defender stays standing after the first banda; but in a uprooted position, called "banda solta". The attacker can immediately re-attack, as banda solta position is open to the lifting bandass. The defender tries to defend the lifting banda by getting back from "banda solta" into one of the disruptor positions.

If he managed to defend the lifting banda, the attacks tries to attack the disruptor position with one last banda. 

If the attacker is not able to take the defender down using this last banda - ie in three linked bandas, a bandas triple - , they change places.


These are the techniques of original Batuque I learned from old documents and a lot of experimentation and pondering.
They are all designed to be done against the opponent who stands with his legs closed together. Most of them consist of an unbalancing swipe and then a pull that sweeps opponent's legs from underneath him.

Videos and descriptions will be gradually added to all the techniques!

1)Forward raspa (Rooster) (description)
2)Backward raspa (Rooster) (description)
3)Traçada one-sided (Rooster->Snake) (description)
4)Traçada two-sided (Rooster->Rooster) (description)
5)Internal traçada (Rooster->Snake) (description)
6)Banda de frente (Tyranosaurus->Tiger) (description)
7)Dourada (Seduction1) (description)
8)Jogada (Seduction1) (description)
9)Cruz de carreira (Rooster->Snake) (description)
10)Frontal lifting banda (Eagle->Seduction1) (description)
11)Rapa (Rooster+Seduction1) (description)
12)Encruzilhada (Snake+Seduction1) (description)
13)Bau (Dom Horse+LightLegs) (description)
14)Banda de lado (Tiger+LightLegs) (description)
15)Banda de costa (Eagle) (description)
16)Me esquece(Rooster->Dom Horse) (description)
17)Cruzada (Tyranosaurus+LightLegs) (description)
18)Dourado (Leopard+Seduction1) (description)
19)Thesoura (Snake+LightLegs) (description)
20)Banda amarrada (Snake+LightLegs) (description)
21)Pantana Tiririca
22)Rear lifting banda
23)Double leg lifting banda

Two nerve disruptor positions:
Of crucial importance are the two nerve disruptor positions:
1)Clube X (or leque)
2)Figure 4 (or letra)

For analysis see my article on Batuque tactical scheme


1)An important part of Batuque was the 'tricking' footwork done by the attacking player.

2)The first two techniques are used to uproot the enemy directly: Forward and backward Raspa are the common sweeps (today usually and wrongly called 'rasteira' and 'banda de costas').

3)Note: I cheated a bit with the picture. It looks authentic, but it is in fact Bahian capoeiragem, not Batuque (Chest-pushing takedown is depicted). I know now, but I am used to the picture, so I keep it for sentiment's sake.















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