Pronounced “a-oo” the Aú is the capoeira cartwheel. This capoeira cartwheel is done differently than a cartwheel in gymnastics.
An aú, in its base form, is performed very slowly, with arms and legs bent in order to keep a low target profile. Players sometime pause midway during an aú holding it for a handstand position, from which they can execute a wide variety of moves.
Step by step guide
- The aú can be seen as a handstand variation and gives you experience entering and exiting your bananeira in a basic manner - sideways.
- Its good to practise the aú until you are totally comfortable before you move onto more advanced acrobatic movements such as the macaco.
- The gymnastics cartwheel starts in a forward facing lunge position.
- The au starts with the toes pointing forward and the body performing the cartwheel to the side.
- The head stays in line with the shoulders, looking forward towards the person you are playing Capoeira with.
- You should always have your chest facing the other person as you do a cartwheel.
- There are many variations to doing a cartwheel, however the most fundamental variation is with the legs and arms fully extended throughout the movement.
- The au can be done for many reasons, including evading kicks and gaining a better position in the roda.