CORDS & GRADING SYSTEM

Batizado

In capoeira, a batizado (grading) is when a new student is officially welcomed into the group as a serious practioner – a capoeirista – and given a special belt called a cordão. It’s a time of celebration, not a test. It’s the chance to take part in some really incredible capoeira rodas, meet visiting mestres, do special workshops, deepen your understanding of capoeira and really enjoy yourself!

Troca de Cordas

Meaning, literally, the changing of the cords. Cords signify the level of a capoeirista. During the troca de cordas some capoeiristas will receive a new cordao before or after a game played against a Mestre (Master) in which they have to show their advancement and earn the right to wear the new cordao. The color schemes for the levels vary from group to group.

Cordao de Ouro Belt (Cord) System

Cordao de Ouro Belt (Cord) System

Cordao de Ouro Belts (Cords)

Cordao de Ouro Belts (Cords)


CORD REQUIREMENTS

GREEN CORD

- Attendance
- 4 basics kicks
- 4 basic escapes
- Basic understanding of how to use them in the game - introduction to Negativa, Role, Au, and Bananeira 

GREEN/YELLOW CORD

- Attendance
- Sequencia de Bimba (Regional)
- Sequencia 1 (Solitary) of Miudinho
- Ability to play at least one instrument
- Slightly more advanced understanding/exhibition of game play
- Warm up sequence
- Ability to name the basic kicks and escapes
- Start self defense training
- Introduction to capoeira belt making

YELLOW CORD

- Attendance to class and events
- Sequencia de bimba (regional)
- Sequencia 1 (solitary) of Miudinho
- Sequencia 2 (solitary) of Miudinho
- Sequencia Passa ao Frente of Miudinho
- Ability to play at least two instruments (one being the berimbau)
- Begin learning Ladainha (if teaching, know 1 Ladainha)
- A more advanced understanding/exhibition of game play which includes entradas for take downs and be able to recognize the different rhythms of the berimbau and which game is being called to play
- A better understanding of self defense techniques- be able to sing and play berimbau in roda
- Know your group—Instrutor Macaco’s and Mestre Chicotes history
- Know and enforce class ettiquite
- Ability to string a berimbau
- Ability to make capoeira cords

BLUE/GREEN CORD

- Attendance
- Sequencia de bimba (Regional)
- Sequencia 1 (solitary) of Miudinho
- Sequencia 2 (solitary) of Miudinho
- Sequencia passa ao frente of miudinho
- Ability to play at least two instruments (one being the berimbau)
- A more advanced understanding/exhibition of game play which includes entradas for take downs
- Knowledge of self defense techniques
- Ability to sing at least 2 Ladainhas, 2 Quadras, 2 Chulas, and 10 Corridos

BLUE/YELLOW CORD

- Attendance
- Sequencia de Bimba (regional)
- Sequencia Sentura Despresado
- Sequencia 1 (solitary) of Miudinho
- Sequencia 2 (solitary) of Miudinho
- Sequencia 3 (solitary) of Miudinho
- Sequencia 4 (solitary) of Miudinho
- Sequencia Passa ao Frente of Miudinho
- Sequencia Cu com Bunda of Miudinho
- Ability to play at least three instruments (including all types of berimbau)
- Ability to play Angola, Sao Bento Grande, Iuna, and Muidinho on the berimbau
- A more advanced understanding/exhibition of game play which includes entradas for take downs and a basic understanding of strategy manuevers that control your opponents movement.
- Ability to sing at least 2 Ladainhas, 2 Quadras, 2 Chulas, and 10 Corridos