Aú Fechado

Level: Intermediate | Style: Angola

Tutorials, Step By Step guide, Tips & Follow Along Video

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Variation of the capoeira wheel which consists of keeping one leg in front of the body in order to protect oneself from possible attacks.

Move Background

An aú, in its base form, is performed, sometimes very slowly, with arms and legs bent in order to keep a low target profile. Also the back can be curved in order to perform a kicking manoeuvre. Since a capoeira player always risks being kicked while upside down, capoeira players also make sure to watch their opponent rather than look at the ground.

Step by step guide

  • Unlike the normal Au with outstretched legs, au fechado tries to close the chest off from attack by bringing in the knees.
  • As soon as you take off from the ground, you want to start bringing in your legs towards your chest.
  • Many people lose their balance here, so it’s important to practice this movement by slowing down your au as much as possible.
  • The strength and coordination you gain will lend itself well to other au variation and bananeira(handstand).
  • Although you can do au fechado in many different scenarios, the two reasons capoeiristas opt for this au is: 1. for protection, and 2. to do an au in a smaller space.
  • Both of these needs come up regularly in a Capoeira game, which is why it is rare to see a capoeirista do a very large au.
  • Unless the person is very comfortable and feels safe, they’ll usually opt for an au that exposes them less, like au fechado.

Variations on Au

Learn Capoeira Move Aú sem Mão
Aú sem Mão

Style: Contemporânea
Level: Advanced
Sub Type : Au

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Aú Batido

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Advanced
Sub Type : Au

Learn Capoeira Move Aú

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Beginner
Sub Type : Au

Learn Capoeira Move Aú de Frente
Aú de Frente

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Intermediate
Sub Type : Au

Learn Capoeira Move Aú de v
Aú de v

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Beginner
Sub Type : Au

Learn Capoeira Move Bico de Papagaio
Bico de Papagaio

Style: Contemporânea
Level: Intermediate
Sub Type : Au

Learn Capoeira Move Aú Batendo
Aú Batendo

Style: Angola
Level: Intermediate
Sub Type : Au

Learn Capoeira Move Aú Aberto
Aú Aberto

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Beginner
Sub Type : Au

Learn Capoeira Move Aú Giro Sem Mâo
Aú Giro Sem Mâo

Style: Contemporânea
Level: Advanced
Sub Type : Au

Learn Capoeira Move Helicóptero
Helicóptero

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Intermediate
Sub Type : Au

Learn Capoeira Move S-Dobrado
S-Dobrado

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Advanced
Sub Type : Au


Other movement

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Canivete

Style: Contemporânea
Level: Intermediate
Sub Type : Ponte

Learn Capoeira Move Pêndulo
Pêndulo

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Advanced
Sub Type : Bananeira

Learn Capoeira Move Ponte
Ponte

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Beginner
Sub Type : Ponte

Learn Capoeira Move Bananeira
Bananeira

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Intermediate
Sub Type : Bananeira

Learn Capoeira Move Ponte Para Trás
Ponte Para Trás

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Beginner
Sub Type : Ponte

Learn Capoeira Move Cadeira
Cadeira

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Beginner
Sub Type : Balanco


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