“Capoeira is an African Brazilian art form, developed by African slaves in Brazil about 400 years ago. Capoeira is a self-defense disguised as a dance because slaves needed to hide it from their slave masters. The combination of body movements, trickery, music, and songs make it not just a martial art, but also a ritualized way of combat. Two capoeiristas (capoeira players) must follow the traditions and rules of the art. They must play capoeira, not fight. “
“Batizado” translates to “baptism” and was developed by Mestre Bimba. It is a celebration of joy, a rite of passage and a symbolic game played between Mestre and student. This first belt is less about skill and more of an acknowledgement and welcoming of a student into the capoeira community and world. At the batizado ceremony, new capoeiristas perform capoeira in an improvised game with a Mestre, Contra-mestre, or Professor. This game marks the initiation of the student into the Capoeira world. They are then awarded their first belt in capoeira and nickname.
“Troca de cordões” translates to “changing of cords”, meaning the student’s promotion to their next belt.
How it works: All children who participate in the batizado will require a uniform for the event (pants and t-shirts). Children will each play a game of capoeira with a teacher or “Capoeira Mestre” and receive their first belt! Advanced students may be promoted to their next level belt, depending on their age and level.
Note: Coach Jarrel will hand out pants in class prior to the event to make sure everyone gets a size that works for them. Pants are shipped from Brazil and are limited so please understand that we are doing our best to make sure that everyone gets a size that works for them.
Uniform is mandatory for participation. Shirts will be given out on the day of the event.