GRADUATION SYLLABUS

These are the movements associated with each belt level (cordel). These are earned during a graduation ceremony, an event where students must perform in front of their peers and guests. Prior to the ceremony, each student must be qualified by demonstrating the appropriate movements and music associated with each level. The first belt (green) is earned within a year of training. Each subsequent belt requires between 2-5 years of training. The last belt (blue) takes the longest, the last of the student belts. After this point, the capoeira formado only earns a belt based on their commitment to teaching. At the discretion of the mestre, one can earn the “contramestre” belt and title, followed by “mestre” belt and title. The latter is the highest achievement and carries a heavy responsibility to supporting the community and educating the next generation by setting a positive example.

Student Graduation Levels

LEVEL 1
Green Belt / Cordel Verde

Verde – 01 – Green

     Phonetic pronunciation guide for Cordel Verde (link)

LEVEL 2
Green-Yellow Belt / Cordel Verde-Amarelo

Verde e Amarelo I Cordel – 02 – Green & Yellow I
Verde e Amarelo II Cordel – 03 – Green & Yellow II

     Phonetic pronunciation guide for Cordel Verde e Amarelo I and II (link)

LEVEL 3
Yellow Belt / Cordel Amarelo

LEVEL 4 - INSTRUCTOR
Yellow-Blue Belt / Cordel Amarelo

LEVEL 5 - CAPOEIRA FORMADO
Blue Belt / Cordel Azul

LEVEL 6 - CONTRAMESTRE
Green-Yellow-Blue Belt /
Cordel Verde-Amarelo-Azul

Demonstrated commitment to teaching capoeira

1ST DEGREE MESTRE
White-Green Belt/
Cordel Branco-Verde

Demonstrated commitment to teaching capoeira, responsible for one’s own group.

2ND DEGREE MESTRE
White-Yellow Belt/
Cordel Branco-Amarelo

10 years as mestre

3RD DEGREE MESTRE
White-Blue Belt/
Cordel Branco-Azul

20 years as mestre

4TH DEGREE MESTRE
White Belt/
Cordel Branco

30 years as mestre