For Students

In Capoeira, we alternate between game and martial art according to the levels and interests of the players, where "winning" is not the goal, but instead the interplay of the practitioners, and a conquest of new understanding and greater skill, without diminishing one who is less physically developed, or is less advanced in the art.

In short, we fight, play and laugh so that our shared experience might form a basis for our daily lives: working together in this way we contribute to a more humane world, promoting justice, and cultivating happiness.


Capoeira in Practice

Capoeira improves the motor skills and emotional strength of practitioners age 5 and up. Our oldest student today is 87 years old!

Each class begins with the greeting: "Cada dia que passa, estou melhor em tudo que faço" – Every day that passes, I improve every thing that I do — in both English and Portuguese.

From there, we move to stretches and warm up exercises that strengthen our bodies and improve our overall flexibility. The Mestre then trains the group in sequences of attacks and escapes, for both solo practice and work in pairs, according to the level of the student. These may include acrobatics, abdominals, techniques in falling and in interaction while sparring.

Our Capoeira class is based on the principal of learning while playing, and playing while learning. At the end of each class we deepen our understanding of the art by bringing all we have learned to the Capoeira roda, or circle, where we practice with our partner, and not against him or her. 

Those practicing in the Roda de Capoeira are accompanied by music and the support of the group. It's a time of both exercise and relaxation, and a time to have fun!

At the end of each class, we part with the words we used at the beginning of class, greet each of our classmates with a handshake and wish of good health, and look forward to seeing one another at the next class!


Os Cordões de Capoeira

The System of Belts in Capoeira

Similar to other martial arts, Capoeira uses different colored belts to show a student's advancing mastery of the philosophy, culture, heritage and skills that make up this Brazilian form. Cordão is, literally, a thick rope, and the belt of the capoeirista is a colorful cord that matches the personality and spirit of the Brazilian people.

A practitioner who practices regularly, and takes his or her studies seriously, will generally take a new belt each year, at one of the semi-annual Batisados (a "baptism" to a new level of play).

Beginners accept the cordão verde (green belt) to show they have begun the process of learning this exuberant form, and will move through amarelo (yellow) and azul (blue) as they learn the basic movements and philosophies of Capoeira. These three are the primary colors of the Brazilian flag.

Intermediate cordões are mixed-color belts, and represent advancing skills in the practice, and dedicated participation in the culture and community of the group. The belts for intermediate capoeiristas are green and yellow, green and blue, and finally yellow and blue.

Advanced students take the three-colored belt of the estagiário — green/yellow/blue – and will move on to graduate level, or monitor (often an assistant to an instructor), when they add a fourth color, white, to their belts.

From this point on, skilled capoeiristas begin to share their knowledge with newer students, and advance through the ranks of teachers: Instrutor (green/white), Professor (yellow/white), Contramestre (blue/white) and, at the highest level, recognition as Mestre (pure white). The Master's cordão branco symbolizes peace, wisdom and serenity.


Movements for Cordão Verde

  • Ginga
  • Cocorinha
  • Negativa (Aberta)
  • Resistência
  • Queda de Três
  • Queda de Quatro
  • Armada
  • Benção
  • Martelo Voador
  • Meia Lua de Compasso
  • Meia Lua de Frente
  • Queixada Lateral
  • Chapa de Chão
  • AÚ (Aberto)
  • AÚ (Fechado)
  • Martelo
  • Esquiva Lateral
  • Rolê Triplo
  • Chapéu de Couro


  • Beginning pandeiro (tambourine)


Movements for Cordão Amarelo:

  • AÚ Negativa Rolê
  • Ponteira
  • Chapa Giratoria
  • Negativa Fechado
  • Chapa de Lado
  • S Dobrado
  • Rasteira Em Pe
  • Vingativa
  • AÚ com Uma Mão
  • AÚ Agulha
  • Gancho
  • Chapa Cruzada
  • Arpão de Angola
  • Negativa Chapa de Frente
  • Benção Pulada
  • Arpão de Cabeça
  • Rasteira (Classica)
  • Queizada (de Frente)
  • AÚ Chibata
  • AÚ Compasso


  • Berimbau São Bento Grande Angola


Cordão Azul Movements:

  • Corta Capim
  • Rabo de Arraia (Regional)
  • Boca de Calça
  • Tesoura de Frente
  • Tesoura Lateral
  • Cruz (Completa)
  • Banda de Frente
  • Meia Lua de Compasso Rasteira
  • Espelho
  • Esporão
  • Tesoura Angola
  • Negativa Meia Lua de Compasso
  • Aú Chapa
  • Aú Parada de Cabeça
  • Cruz (Na Benção)
  • Meio Parafuso
  • Rasteira Paulista
  • Cabeçada
  • Queda de Rins
  • Aú Compasso
  • Giro de Negativa
  • Aú Dobrado
  • Rapa (por Dentro)
  • Rapa (por Fora) Aú de Mola
  • Arpão Regional
  • Encruzilhada 2 Tipos
  • Rasteira de Mão


  • Beginning atabaque (drum)


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