The Batizado

The batizado (lit. baptism) is a ceremonial roda where new students will get recognized as capoeiristas and earn their first graduation. Also more experienced students may go up in rank, depending on their skills and capoeira culture. In Mestre Bimba’s Capoeira Regional,
batizado was the first time a new student would play capoeira following the sound of the berimbau.

Students enter the roda against a high-ranked capoeirista (such as a teacher or master)
and normally the game ends with the student being taken down.
In some cases the more experienced capoeirista can judge the takedown unnecessary.
Following the batizado the new graduation, generally in the form of a cord, is given.

 

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