Chapa

Level: Intermediate | Style: Mixed Style

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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.

Variations on Chapa

Learn Capoeira Move Gancho Giratoria
Gancho Giratoria

Style: Contemporânea
Level: Advanced
Sub Type : Chapa

Learn Capoeira Move Chapa Baixa
Chapa Baixa

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Intermediate
Sub Type : Chapa

Learn Capoeira Move Pisào
Pisào

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Intermediate
Sub Type : Chapa

Learn Capoeira Move Chapa Giratoria
Chapa Giratoria

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Intermediate
Sub Type : Chapa

Learn Capoeira Move Gancho
Gancho

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Intermediate
Sub Type : Chapa

Learn Capoeira Move Chapa de Frente
Chapa de Frente

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Intermediate
Sub Type : Chapa

Learn Capoeira Move Chapa de Costas
Chapa de Costas

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Beginner
Sub Type : Chapa


Other kicks

Learn Capoeira Move Martelo
Martelo

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Beginner
Sub Type : Martelo

Learn Capoeira Move Parafuso
Parafuso

Style: Contemporânea
Level: Intermediate
Sub Type : Martelo

Learn Capoeira Move Martelo Rotado
Martelo Rotado

Style: Contemporânea
Level: Advanced
Sub Type : Martelo

Learn Capoeira Move Bênção
Bênção

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Beginner
Sub Type : Bencao

Learn Capoeira Move Armada Pulada
Armada Pulada

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Advanced
Sub Type : Armada

Learn Capoeira Move Armada Dupla
Armada Dupla

Style: Mixed Style
Level: Advanced
Sub Type : Armada


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