Quebra mao and Arpinio


These are two armlocks from Mestre Bimba's original Regional style; both have to be used with Nemer mechanics to work properly.

Quebra mao

Another technique that is taught in Regional, but really only makes sense in Bimba's Nemer system is Quebra mao.

Normally, it is taught using Eagle archetype; this is the common outside wristlock taught in self-defence courses that is really not that practical.

However, what happens when you perform it using Nemer archetype - as Bimba very probably did?

Note that to do Quebra mao using Nemer mechanics, you block his arm from the inside with left hand and seize opponent's right thumb with your right hand from the inside and twist it outwardly; and then use your left palm to press against the back of his hand. You do not seize his hand with both hands as in, say, Aikido.

You must apply it with a vocalization; shout "Ieee!" as you apply the twist. The moment you start to twist opponent's hand, it applies a nerve confuser to him! That takes the care of the most obvious problem of this type of wristlock - that the opponent can use strength to stop your locking. With Nemer, he gets nerve confusered; and cannot do much about the lock.

Continue the pressure to dislocate opponent's wrist ("Quebra mao" means "Hand breaker"). So we get from not-that-practical wristlock to an almost-impossible-to-defend handbreaker - that is, if you use Nemer archetype, as Bimba did!



As a bonus, I am going to give you another armlock Bimba taught that also only makes sense with Nemer archetype - the weird armlock that is used to enter Balao arqueado in esquete. It is called Arpinio, which means harp.

(It can be still seen today in the Balao arqueado sequence).

As noted, to work properly, it must be done using Nemer. Seize opponent's right wrist from the inside with your left hand; then strike with your right hammerfist into his left biceps downward.

Done with Nemer mechanics, this is a high-energy point("Ieeee!"); this again applies a nerve confuser; so you can continue to wrap opponent's arm with your right arm as you spin leftward. (Again, the nerve confuser makes this armlock practically unescapable).

This will lock opponent's right elbow. However, this technique is not an armbreaker!

Instead, with opponent's arm locked and still spinning to your left, give out a unique vocalization - a descending hum resembling the glissando sound the harp is known for. Done right and with Nemer archetype, this will knock the opponent down or even out!

This technique was called Arpinio - "harp" - precisely because of this sound that is used to knock the opponent out! This is another proof that vocalizations were used in old capoeiragem; and that the art used special nerve attacks, completely unknown to today's primitive martial arts!

It also definitely shows that Nemer archetype was the core of Bimba's fighting art - as without Nemer, this technique and its name(harp!) make no sense.

(Note: The knockout only works if you apply the nerve confuser first. Without the nerve confuser, the sound will just make the opponent fall on the ground).



Quebra mao and Arpinio are two armlocks that were another part of Bimba's personal Nemer style: Done using common archetypes, they are quite weak or completely useless; but done using Nemer, they are very hard to defend - as the opponent is hit with a nerve confuser as you lock him!

As for their effects, one breaks opponent's wrist; the other knocks him out by the power of sound!

This is the power of Bimba's Nemer style - and the magic of old Capoeiragem!





















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