GRADUATION SYSTEM

 

The graduation system was introduced into capoeira by Mestre Bimba, with scarves (a homage to former capoeiristas who wore silk scarves around their neck thus believing to be protected from the cut of razorblades). Even though the scarves were not used by the students, each student kept it after receiving one. Nowadays, the graduation system may vary from one group to another.

The graduation system differs at the beginning for children under 16 years old (only the cord's tips are colored) and becomes the same as the adults' when reaching the advanced level.

The capoeirista must attain at least the rank of formado (formed), in order to acquire the right to work as a capoeira teacher.

 

CHILDREN'S GRADUATIONS

Raw

Starting Beginner

 

Raw and Yellow

Baptized Beginner

 

Yellow

Beginner

 

Yellow and Orange

Beginner 2nd grade

 

Orange

Intermediate

 

Orange and Blue
Intermediate 2nd grade

 

Blue
Advanced

 

Blue and Green
Advanced 2nd grade

 

Green

Advanced 3rd grade

Transition to adult

graduations.

ADULT'S'GRADUATIONS

Raw

Starting Beginner

 

Raw and Yellow

Baptized Beginner

 

Yellow

Beginner

 

Yellow and Orange

Beginner 2nd grade

 

Orange

Intermediate

 

Orange and Blue
Intermediate 2nd grade

 

Blue
Advanced (Graduado)

 

Blue and Green
Advanced 2nd grade

 

Green
Formed (Formado)

 

Green and Purple
Formed 2nd grade

 

Purple
Instructor (Instrutor)

 

Purple and Brown
Instructor 2nd grade

 

Brown
Professor (Professor)

 

Brown and Black
Fore-Master

(Contra-Mestre)

Black
Master (Mestre)

Black and Red
Master (Mestre)

Red
Master (Mestre)

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