This feature is designed to spark your interest in researching the world of capoeira's vocabulary, history, and philosophy.

Our Capoeira Wiki-Word series invites you to research the word of the week and post your definition(s) and translations. At the end of each week, the entries will be reviewed and then summarized into a translation and a definition of the Capoeira Wiki-Word of the week.

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From Wikipedia (couldn't believe they had an entry!)...

Martelo é o nome dado a um movimento de capoeira, que se executa erguendo-se a perna ao mesmo tempo que o corpo é deixado de lado, batendo com a parte de cima do pé.

Os principais alvos são costelas e cabeça, sendo acertados pela lateral.

Martelo is the name given to a movement of capoeira, which is performed by lifting up the leg while the body is leaning to the side or back, striking with the top of the foot.

The main targets are the ribs or the head and are attacked from the side.

The literal translation to the word is "hammer."  I have heard multiple mestres say that it is one of the strikes in capoeira that is especially powerful and needs to be respected.