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Basic Capoeira Moves

Below are some of the fundamental or basic capoeira moves and are good capoeira training videos.

Ginga (pronounced jinga) is the first and most basic movement in capoeira. Ginga literally means “swing” and is capoeira’s most recognized movement. The movement itself has the player swinging side to side. It allows the player to get into rhythm with the music and is the base for their attacks and defenses. The capoeira ginga sets the pace
for the player.

It is done by moving back and forth by maintaining both feet shoulder-width apart and then moving one foot backwards and then back to the base, describing a triangular ‘step’ on the ground. The hands are moving with the body aiming to protect those parts that are opened and easy to be attacked.

The Negativa, which means “negative”, is another one of the capoeira moves and it is used to negate an incoming attack by lowering the body to the ground on the one side or the other.

The body is supported by one hand while the other is protecting the face. The legs are located close to one another. The body should be bent to the legs to avoid kicks in the head. The Negativa can also be used as a transition to many other floor moves.

The Rolê (pronounced ho-le) is basically rolling motion and basically goes together with the Ginga and the Au. It is also often used to get up from a ground movement such as the negativa and used to escape low attacks

In the Rolê, the body is bent forward spinning to one side while the head is placed in a position suitable to constantly watch the opponent. The Role is finished when the body makes turn in 180 degrees.

This video below shows negativa followed by a rolê.

An aú is basically a cartwheel. It differs a bit from the traditional cartwheel. An au is typically performed slowly and in most cases with arms and legs bent forward to protect the player from incoming kicks and attacks. Also, the back can be curved in order to perform a kicking maneuver.

Since a capoeira player always risks being kicked while upside down, capoeira players always watch their opponent instead of the ground. Capoeira players can incorporate attacks from the au. These include an upside down kick known as an Au Malandro or Au Batido and there are also a variety of other au moves.

Advanced Capoeira Moves

Below are some of the more advanced capoeira moves and are good capoeira training videos.

The Macaco, which means monkey, is another one of the capoeira moves and it is commonly known as the jump of the monkey. The macaco is similar to a back handspring or an au with the exception of starting with one hand planted behind the capoeirista and the initial movement starting from a low crouch.

The macaco begins by lowering the body down into a low crouch and placing one hand on the floor directly behind the back making contact with the ground. The other hand is thrown over the body while jumping off with both feet to launch the hips straight over the head.

The macaquinho, which means little monkey, is a combination of a macaco and queda de rins. This movement is very similar to the macaco with the exception being that it is lower and less explosive. The knees are in a more forward bent position while one arm is placed directly behind the balls of the feet. Instead of jumping as with the macaco, the capoeirista lowers his/her external oblique onto his elbow and brings the other arm and legs over.

Tesoura means “scissors”, and usually involves wrapping one leg over the front of the opponent’s body near the stomach, and the other behind the legs at knee level, and then twisting one’s own body applying pressure on the other person’s vulnerable point so as to make them fall over. It is performed from the floor, usually using two hands, but one hand can be used for support while the other can be used to further destabilise the other person and push their upper body backwards.

The Parafuso is an acrobatic jump kick where you jump, kick, spin and land on the same leg.

In capoeira you are supposed to do this kick with one step from the ginga. Most capoeiristas only do the parafuso from the right leg. If you jump from the right leg, you should land on the right leg or at least on both legs at the same time.

List of Capoeira Moves

Below is a list of capoeira moves and techniques.


  • Ginga
  • Cadeira
  • Balanca
  • Bananeira
  • Macaco
  • Negativa
  • Rabo-de-Arraia
  • Rolê
  • Troca De Pé
  • Ponte
  • Queda de Rins

Defensive Movement

  • Cocorinha
  • Esquiva
  • Queda de Quatro
  • Queda de Tres
  • Resistência

  • Armada
  • Bênção
  • Chapa
  • Chapéu-de-Couro
  • Escorpião
  • Gancho
  • Martelo
  • Meia Lua de Compasso
  • Meia-lua de Frente
  • Ponteira
  • Queixada
  • Raiz
  • S-Dobrado
  • Vôo-do-Morcego

Head butts

  • Arpão de Cabeça
  • Cabeçada
  • Escorumelo
Hand/Arm strikes

  • Asfixiante
  • Cutelo
  • Cotovelada
  • Dedeira
  • Galopante
  • Godeme
  • Telefone


  • Açoite-de-Braço
  • Arrastão
  • Banda
  • Boca de Calça
  • Cruz
  • Negativa Derrubando
  • Rasteira
  • Tesoura
  • Tombo-de-Ladeira
  • Vingativa


  • Folha Seca helicopteró
  • Aú Giro Sem Mâo
  • Bandeira
  • Aú de costa
  • Au de Frente
  • Folha Seca
  • Relogio
  • Pião de Mão
  • Pião de Cabeça
  • Carpado
  • Mariposa
  • Helicoptero
  • Meia lua Reversao
  • Armada Dupla

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