Belts and Graduation

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What is a corda?

Belts or “cordas” are an important part of contemporary or “contemporãnea” capoeira. Mestre Bimba was the first master to introduce cordas and a ranking system in the 20th century when he created the style of Capoeira Regional.  Other Capoeira Regional and contemporãnea groups have adapted and created their own unique belt systems. Some corda systems are based on the colors of the Brazilian flag while others are based upon colors of the Orixás,  or gods and goddesses, of Candomblé.  A corda is received on the day of a Batizado (baptism) or Troca de Corda (changing of the belt) ceremony, and confirmed by the Mestres of the group. Students train throughout the year to meet the particular requirements of their group to receive their next corda. Requirements typically consist of the demonstration of proficiency in the martial art, knowledge of movements and the history of capoeira, a dedication to learning the language and culture, knowlegde of capoeira music and instrumentation, and embodiment of the group philosophy. Each new belt requires that these are met to an increasing level, and as a student begins the path of a teacher, additional qualities are carefully considered for promotion.

 

Kids Corda System

Crua

Crua/Ponta Cinza

Crua/Cinza

Cinza

Cinza/Ponta Laranja

Cinza/Laranja

 Laranja

Laranja/Ponta Azul

Laranja/Azul*

*Students in Axé Capoeira who leave the kids corda system by the age of 14 with laranja/azul, will be promoted into the adult corda system to a placement deemed fitting for each individual student.

Adult Corda System

Crua

Crua/Ponta Azul

Crua/Azul

Azul

Azul/Ponta Marrom

Azul/Marrom

Marrom

Marrom/Ponta Verde

Marrom/Verde

In Axé Capoeira, a capoeira practitioner who achieves the level of verde has earned the title of Graduated Student or “Graduado”.  Beginning with the rank of verde/amarela or “Instrutor”, and continuing through the three levels of Mestre, the practitioner is now viewed as a highly-respected teacher.

Graduado
Verde

Graduado 2˚
Verde/Ponta Amarela

Instrutor
Verde/Amarela

Professor 1˚
Amarela

Professor 2˚
Amarela/Roxa

Contra-Mestre
Roxa

Mestrando
Roxa/Vermelha

Mestre 1˚
Vermelha

Mestre 2˚
Vermelha/Branca

Mestre 3˚
Branca

Estagiário
Marrom/Branca

Estagiário is a rank given to a practitioner of capoeira who joins Grupo Axé Capoeira after having received the rank of Graduado in another group. It is a belt that signifies that the student is graduated but has not yet been baptized by Grupo Axé Capoeira. The Mestre has yet to determine which rank and “corda” the practitioner should receive.