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The Au in Capoeira is also known as a cartwheel.

There is a bit difference between your usual Cartwheel that you may normally do in acrobatics. You will find out in this tutorial.

Au is the most common floreio in Capoeira. It is used by everyone no matter what level corda you are. Au is most commonly used to open up the first game in the Roda.

au cartwheel

Following the steps below, will guide you how to execute an AU.

How to do the AU

Au Batido (Broken Cartwheel) a.k.a. L-kick

To execute
the AU,follow these steps:

1. Begin to place yourself in the "Ginga" position (Beginning with the right foot at the back) 

2. Then, move to a squatting position "Cardeira" facing the front - Spread your legs wider than your usual squat, covering your face.

3. Placing your right hand close to your right foot. - left foot is up in the air.

4. Push off with your Right feet straight towards the ceiling towards the right hand side - in this motion, you also want to place you left hand down parallel to your right hand. 

5. When landing the Au- you want to land to back in the "Ginga" Position.

Tips

Make it better

  • Start with what you are comfortable with.
  • Keep your hands flat on the ground. (The whole palm)
  • In Step 2, at the squatting position, keep your squat and Body low, but Proud. This is essential in the Roda, so that you are not put in a vulnerable position.

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