Do you have too much to do? Too many committments to keep? Are you barely training enough as it is, with still more piling onto your plate? It’s hard to get enough sleep when you have a million tasks to complete each day, but here are the top ten reasons for why being completely sleep-deprived will not only not disturb your capoeira training, but may actually improve it!
10. You’ll be too sleep-deprived to be bothered by any mistakes or gaffs you make (which is a good thing, since you’ll probably make many).
9. You know that high you get from doing capoeira? Well, now you can look and feel high as you feel yourself trembling all over while trying to hold a simple ginga stance.
8. Face your fears: have you ever wondered how scary it might be to have slow esquiva reflexes while a flying martelo rotado comes at you? Well, now you get to find out! (Alternatively, test your reflexes: since you won’t have the mental capacity to esquiva consciously, see how well your body does the work for you!)
7. Crushed fingers, stomped toes, bruised shins—training on no sleep gives you a great opportunity to rack up all those battle wounds you can later brag you got “from training capoeira”!
6. If you’re a regional capoeirista, this will be a good chance to try some angola, as all your movements will naturally be done at the suitable speed.
5. All your partners will thank you for giving them good teaching experience, as they’ll be masters after getting the zombie-formerly-known-as-you to understand the sequences you’re supposed to be working on.
4. That throbbing dizziness in your head is good practice for continuing the game even after you get a real concussion.
3. You won’t give away anything in the roda, as your face will be too tired to make any expressions. Furthermore, your eyes will be too small or squinted for your opponent to properly look into them and thus “read” your movements.
2. You’ll be forced to give yourself a good work-out the whole time, since if you stop moving for more than thirty seconds, you will fall asleep.
1. No matter how tired, how sleep-deprived, or how dead you were at the start, by the end of class you will still feel like you’ve just woken up from the best sleep you ever had.