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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 is normally given by a master, or professor level student. Students train throughout the year to meet the particular requirements of their group to receive their next corda. Requirements normally consist of length of time training, knowledge of movements and the history of capoeira, a dedication to learning portuguese, knowlegde of capoeira songs and various instruments and rhythms, and embodiment of the group philosophy. Each new belt requires that these are met to an increasing level, and as a student starts to become a teacher other requirements must also be met.

 

Kids Corda System

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Crua

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Crua/Ponta Cinza

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Crua/Cinza

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Cinza

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Cinza/Ponta Laranja

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Cinza/Laranja

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 Laranja

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Laranja/Ponta Azul

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Laranja/Azul*

*Students in Axé Capoeira who leave the kids corda system by the age of 14 with laranja/azul, will be graduated into the adult corda system with the level of azul.

Adult Corda System
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Crua

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Crua/Azul

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Azul

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Azul/Marrom

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Marrom

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Marrom/Verde

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

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Graduado
Verde

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Instrutor
Verde/Amarelo

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Professor
1˚ Grau
Amarelo

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Professor
2˚ Grau
Amarelo/Roxo

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Contra-Mestre
Roxo

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Mestrando
Roxo/Vermelho

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Mestre 1˚ Grau
Vermelho

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Mestre 2˚ Grau
Vermelho/Branco

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Mestre 3 Grau
Branco

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Estagiario
Marrom/Branco

Estagiario is a belt and rank given to a practitioner of capoeira who joins Grupo Axé Capoeira after having left the student level 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 master has yet to decide which rank and corda the practitioner can meet the requirements for.