Tesoura torcida


Tesoura torcida is a flying scissors takedown from older Bahian capoeira; I believe it comes from Angola.

Mestre Pastinha applies Tesoura torcida; from an article in Cruzeiro(1963)


You need LightLegs to apply this technique (the archetype is Eagle+LightLegs+Seduction1).

The opponent is standing with his left side towards you; with his left arm lifted.

Equip LightLegs; step across to the right with your left leg, turning rightward to turn your back towards the opponent.

Swing your right leg upward and to the rear (the leg is bent); jumping backward on the opponent, lifting your arms. This is a high-energy point; shout "Hiii!". It makes you clasp opponent's torso with both legs from the This is a nerve disruptor that weakens the opponent so you can take him down.

Finish by bringing both arms down to your sides, twisting your body rightward; this is a high-energy point; shout "Fiiii!". This twists the opponent to the ground on his back, with your right leg across his torso.


- This is an exotic tesoura. The entry is somewhat like modern Tesoura da costa, but the principle is different.

- Here, you jump up to clasp opponent's body with your legs; applying a nerve disruption; and then use the disruption to take him down by twisting your body.

- You need LightLegs to apply this technique.

- The vocalization is the core of the technique; it goes "HiiiFiii!"; "Hiii!" to jump and catch the opponent, "Fiii!!" to twist him down. (Note that I use Czech pronunciation; this is not "Hii" as in "Hi", but "Heee").

- This is one of the technique of capoeiragem that use nerve disruption to work.

- When you squeeze opponent's torso between your legs, it applies a nerve disruption; so the opponent cannot resist and gets twisted to the ground.

- It can be applied either at the level of stomach; or lower, at the level of hips (not thighs, that is too low); the lower version is more practical as the opponent doesn't have to have his arm up.

This otherwise mysterious drawing from the manuscripts of mestre Pastinha depicts Tesoura torcida done at the hips.

- This Tesoura comes from Capoeira Angola; you can see Mestre Pastinha applying it on the photos.

(Mestre Pastinha: Torcida that missed)

- Tesoura Torcida was also part of Besouro Manganga's capoeiragem.

- If you apply the first phase of the technique (the turn) using Bear+Seduction1, it turns the opponent into the technique and lifts his arms, preparing him for the tesoura and creating nerve strangle instead of just nerve disruption as you take him down. Compare this quasi-negaca to the prelude of Encruzilhada.






















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