Jawkick is a special kick of old Carioca; it uses the heel to strike opponent's jaw.


Equip LightLegs; step forth with your left leg (preferably from Peneiracao) and throw right heel to opponent's jaw.

This is a high-energy point("Haaaa!").


The power of the kick is applied when your heel crushes diagonally down; using the LightLegs and the elastic power of your hips. This is when you apply the vocalization.

The mechanics is Tiger+LightLegs.


The kick is used like a jab; ie tactically, it is a jab-kick.

The impact area is either the heel; or the back of your shank. Both work well. The target is opponent's jaw and the effect is a knockout.

Even if you miss his jaw, still, hitting his head properly produces a nerve strangle.


As with Pe de panzina and other LightLegs kicks, Jawkick cannot be blocked with opponent's arms (producing a nerve disruption if the tries); thus making it one of the primary frontal weapons of old Capoeiragem.


Note that this is neither a sidekick(chapa), nor a hook kick(modern gancho); neither it is the Queixada of modern capoeira. Neither of these three kicks can be done using LightLegs.
This is a special LightLegs-only kick that hits opponent's jaw with your heel (Tiger+LightLegs). You can also hit with the back of your calf (hence the probable old name of this kick, Cannelada).


This kick was probably called 'Canelada' in the old parlance.

Burlamaqui (1928) calls it 'queixada'; however, I avoid this name to prevent confusion with the modern Queixada.

(Burlamaqui demonstrates his queixada, 1928).


It is possible that this was also the 'Quixim' or 'Quixinho' used by old Bahian capoeira (Angola) schools before Regional; as this is the only was to execute a 'queixada' with LightLegs. For more about LightLegs and old Bahian Capoeira, see my article on that topic.


It is also possible that this kick was the source of Regional 'Queixada'; by taking away the LightLegs. However, as I wrote, doing so makes it completely different and a lot weaker kick.


Double jawkick


There existed another variant of this kick: A Double jawkick.


It is thrown similarly to the single variant:

Equip LightLegs, step with your left leg and throw a right hooking kick with the back of your shank to the lower back of the opponent (kidney area).

This is done using Eagle+LightLegs; and it is a high-energy point("Haaa!").

It arches the opponent backward. Take advantage of his arched position to throw a jawkick with your heel;  without landing your leg on the ground, directly from the air! The target is the area between opponent's jaw and neck.

This is done using Tiger+LightLegs; and it is another high-energy point("Haaaa!")

Together, the sound this double kick uses is "HaaaHaaaa!".


Due to the opponent's arched position, the double variant jawkick is a lot more powerful than the single one.
In fact, it is outright dangerous; because of opponent's arched position, aside from knocking him out, the second kick will probably subluxate his lumbar spine. In other words, it is almost a backbreaker (for more about backbreakers, read my books on kungfu).

Aside from damaging his back, it might also take the opponent down on the ground - so then you can fall on him to finish him off (see the finish for Banda de frente). This is described in (Dionísio esfacelado: Quilombo dos Palmares from Domício Proença Filho); where the double kick is called 'Correr una chincha'.


If you choose to train the Double jawkick, do not forget it can easily injure opponent's spine.


The double variant is done very close; by stepping forth and hooking at the kidneys. Tactically(entry-wise), it is a banda, not a jabkick as the single version.



"Golpe de capoeira que consiste em passar a panturrilha com rapidez na altura dos rins do adversario, pelas costas, derubando-o a seguir com uma queixada e a applicao imediata de uma banda."

-banda - pode ser banda de frente, banda de lado, banda de costas, conforme a posicao da queda imposta ao adversario, que resulta em traumatismo agravado pelo peso corpo de quem a aplica ao atirar-se inesperadamente em cima de vitima, calcando-a contra o solo. O termo e tambem,na Umbanda, sinonimo de linha.



















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