Elbow spear


This is an elbow strike of old Capoeiragem Carioca.


To do it properly, you must use LightLegs; naturally, it also produces Seduction1 modificator in the strike, making it fast and jab-like.

From Peneiracao, step forward with your back left leg, foot turned leftward (important)!; then dart forward with your right leg, hitting opponent's chest with the tip of your right elbow, using your left palm to support your right fist.

This is a high-energy point; shout "Haaa!".

This results in a breath sealer(8 second).


You must hit the center of opponent's chest; hitting too low (solar plexus) or too high does not work as it is just a pure physical strike.

Alternative target is opponent's side - this is also a breath sealer(8second).


Note that this is not just a (generic) "elbow strike". It is a special weapon, which must be done using LightLegs, Seduction1 and the shout. You drive your whole body forward, spearing the opponent with the tip of your elbow.

Together, this gives it not only its jab-like quickness (and thus the ability to be used as a jab); but also the capacity to seal opponent's breathing when it hits.


The elbow strike is used as a jab; meaning, using jab-entry. However, done properly, it is also a finish(breath sealer).

It is best applied from Peneiracao with a low guard.


Coelho Netto (1922) calls this technique simply 'cotovelo'; I avoid that name to prevent confusion with modern capoeira elbow strike.


What is a breath sealer

"Sealing the breath" is a Chinese kungfu term for technique that, to put it simply, produces a spasm of opponent's breathing muscles, so that he cannot breathe for some period of time. He either passes out from the lack of oxygen, or keeps gasping for breath, thus being an easy target for a follow-up. For more information, read my books about kungfu.

Kungfu used breath sealers extensively; however, old Capoeiragem also contains a few techniques that work as breath sealers. The Elbow spear is an example; if you hit opponent's chest or side with the proper vocalization, he will have trouble breathing for 8 seconds.

This will not kill him; however, the experience is quite unpleasant, so use caution in training.




















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