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How to Do the Chapeu de Couro in Capoeira

Learn how to do the chapeu de couro from Capoeira experts Tiba Vieira and Mestre Jelon Vieira in this Howcast video.


Now we are going to demonstrate how to do a chapeu de couro which is a very effective capoeira usually if you use momentum from the ginga and you can get a lot out of it. Okay, so I'm going to have Professor (?) demonstrating and then we are going to go over the details.

So he's going to start with the ginga. At this time he's not going to stop. He's just going to do it. Eventually we will go over the details. (?) and back to ginga. You may also sometimes finish parallel. It depends on your rotation. He will do it once again, one more time. Now he did finish parallel. He's going to do it again, and parallel, and that's the chapeu de couro.

And just be careful when you do the chapeu de couro because you get so much momentum to do the chapeu de couro that your rotation is very powerful and sometimes you can rotate more than you need to. The chapeu de couro can also be done in from many different parting positions. Okay, so it's a matter of where you find yourself in the ginga. It's about how much momentum you have.

Now we are going to demonstrate how the chapeu de couro can be done with a partner and you need a good sense of distance, and timing is very important in capoeira. So we go back here, the ginga, right there, and always respond with the esquiva, whenever he's ready, right there, ginga, and from there you can go all the way down, back to ginga, and esquiva. That was the chapeu de couro done with a partner.

Be careful with your rotation. Try to finish with a good form and make sure that you are not leaning over your partner.

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