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Pronounced “Sha-pah” it means the sole of the foot.

Move Background

Chapa is a generic term for various straight kicks with the sole or heel of the foot. This kick can be used in a roda to push away the other player for distance.

Step by step guide

  • Another kick with the same beginning as martelo.
  • This kick starts by bringing the knee up towards the chest.
  • Similar to martelo, the standing leg pivots so the heel faces the target.
  • As the foot pivots, the kicking leg rotates so the foot hovers parallel to the ground.
  • There are many ways to perform a side kick, however in Capoeira, this set up is used to make the technique and direction used ambiguous.
  • Chapa (or pisão as it is also called) is performed with the heel of the foot.
  • Similar to Benção, chapa can be used as a pushing kick.
  • However, because of the great power you can produce from a side kick, the move can also be used to deliver damage to your target.
  • Beginners should make sure to practice their lateral leg raises to improve their range of motion, making it easier to deliver chapa.