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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When translated literally to English, Chapa means "plate, slab, or sheet."
As you can see it is not exactly that when we think of it in the capoeira context. Bruce Lee said, and I am paraphrasing, that the side kick (like chapa) is one of the most powerful kicks.
There are multiple kinds of chapa... chapa de frente (pisão), chapa giratoria, chapa do chão.
All in all it is a powerful and useful part of your capoeira vocabulary.