Types of Games
There are many different aspects in Capoeira which when used together make up the Capoeira Game. Capoeira is much more than two people engaging in a physical type of combat. A game of Capoeira takes place inside a circle of Musicians, Players and Singers who are setting the speed and the feel of the game with their music and song. The players must be in time with the music and with each other. They must respect the type of Rhythm being played by the Berimbau (the lead instrument in Capoeira). Capoeira has many different types of Rhythms which in turn are different types of Games with different rules and manner in which they are played. What makes the game of Capoeira exciting is the energy that everyone puts into it.

The Roda (Capoeira Circle) becomes alive, as everyone's energy focuses on the center giving the Players a surround sound boost of physical energy and gives them the emotion for the game being played.
For safety never take your attention from the players, who may throw a kick or flip too far off center. If you don't pay attention, you may get hit by accident.

The Games and their Rhythms
In Capoeira there are many different types of Games and Rhythms. Here are some of the main ones used in classes. For more information on Games and Rhythms of Capoeira please ask your Instructors. At our Capoeira Academy you will first be taught to play with the Banguela and Regional style.
Regional regional
This game is fast. Players move quickly, using the same types of movements as in a Banguela game, but much faster and dynamic. This is also the game in which players may explore the more aggressive moves of Capoeira. Response and reflexes must be on point, in order to be able to react quickly enough to fast, powerful kicks.
This game was created by Mestre Bimba. It's a friendly, medium paced rhythm, where Capoeiristas play a beautiful, smooth and close game. Players test each other by trying to perform takedowns and complex combinations against there challenger. As a beginner you will first learn to play to the Banguela rhythm as it is a friendly and safe game with no bad intentions.
Angola is the Traditional, most raw form of Capoeira. It constitutes its own, completely exclusive style. Angola is the slowest rhythm, and the players are extremely expressive with their bodies, playing close together and low to the ground. Angola games can be long, and involve mental concentration as much as physical skill. "Mandinga," which is essentially trickiness or cleverness, is fundamental in Angola.
The game of Iuna is highly acrobatic and very friendly. Only the most graduated students of the group are permitted to play. Iuna is more the performance side of Capoeira and is a game in which the Capoeirista demonstrates his or her acrobatic skills to the best of his or her ability. It is accompanied by the orchestra and the applause following each game but there is no singing during the game.
Miudinho miudinho
This game was created by Mestre Suassuna and is both fast and acrobatic, this game is very low to the ground and players stay as close to one another as possible. Players weave in out and around each other creating opportunities to pretend to strike at their opponents unprotected areas (usually the face). The skill is shown in the response of escaping such an attack.
Other Rythmns
Sao Bento Grande de Angola
Sao Bento Pequeno
Santa Maria
Apanha laranja no chao tico tico
Samba de Roda
Mestre Marcelo
Mestre Marcelo

All of the above rthymns were played by our Mestre, Mestre Marcelo. These are some of the rythmns that are used by our group "Capoeira Força da Arte", Our Mestres` group "Capoeira Mandinga" and his Mestre, Mestre Suassuna of group "Capoeira Cordao de Ouro" These rythmns may be played differently in other groups.

These Berimbau Toques can also be heard on Mestre Marcelos` CD "Criancas da Mandinga"