Although there is a range of different styles within this style, the Capoeira grading syllabus generally follows the same trend across them all. The standard Capoeira grading ranks (in the order of progression) are as follows:
--For the full Capoeira syllabus, please see our Capoeira training guide.
Unlike the traditional belt ranking system of many martial arts, Capoeira has its unique Cord system. The characteristics of this cord system are similar to belt colors of such other martial arts styles. Many school differ in their cord grading system colors, however the most common color system is set out below (being used in most Brazilian clubs).
**It should also be noted, that Capoeira Angola style does not use a colored cord ranking system within their style.
Calouro, Level 1 has no cordão or a cordão blanco, worn within the first 6 months from starting
White cordão signifies that rather than being seen as inexperienced, capoeirista are seen as being full of growth potential and is given to any student upon joining a club.
Verde, Level II ,worn usually betweeny 6 months and 1 year from starting
Verde is the official first cordão given to the student when initiated or baptised into the world of Capoeira. Verde is expected to know basic foundations of capoeira. Its colour represents an unripened fruit, which needs time to grow and mature and has just begun its journey into the world of Capoeira.
Verde/Amarelo, Level III, usually worn between the 2nd and 3rd year of training
Verde/Amarelo begins to gain an understanding of the game and is expected to have a understand for most basic movements of capoeira, along with how to sing some songs and play instruments. The yellow in the string grows to represent that the student is continuing to learn and grow or ripen.
Amarelo, Level IIII, normally worn after 3 years of training
Amarelo is continuing to appreciate more about Capoeira, the game and themselves. Amarelo should demonstrate a basic understanding of the capoeira game and capoeirista is expected to know all basic and some advanced movements.
Azul/Verde, Level V, can usually be obtained after 5 years
Azul/Verde is considered Intermediate/advanced level capoeiristas and this capoeirista is expected to have a deeper understanding of the capoeira game. Capoeiristas now are expected to utilize from the basic to advanced kick and acrobatic, ground moves combinations along with take downs. At this level, capoeiristas should also be capable of singing solos during a roda and playing all instruments. Azul/Verde is confident and ready; undoubtedly, he/she has earned the title ‘Capoeirista’. The student’s commitment begins to extend beyond that of simply training for themselves as he/she looks for ways to contribute to the group. Blue represents the color of the ocean and the realization of how immense the path is ahead.
Azul/Amarelo,Level VI, can be obtained normally only after 6 years
Azul/Amarelo's focus is on refining their technique, game skills and in obtaining total musical confidence. When this status is reached, capoeirista assessments expand to include their devotion to the group and their ability to help other capoeiristas and help teach class. The Capoeirista, by this stage, has shown enough dedication, commitment, understanding and skill within the world of Capoeira, that he/she begins to embark on a new phase; that of an
Azul, Level VII (Monitor)
Azul earn the title of monitor at this level and begin learning how to teach to the lower levels.Azul is expected to fully incorporate a large variety of advanced movements, combinations and take downs in the capoeira game. They have a large repertoire of songs and can play any instrument.The student has had some experience teaching under supervision and has shown improvement in his/her game and teaching style. In order to gain teaching experience, he/she assists their own mestre in conducting classes, teaching
Azul com pouco Verde /Amarelo , Level VII (Formando)
The level is just for graduate candidates--the graduating, it's the stage of growth in between Monitor and Formado. Students enter a new stage of capoeira as they are assessed more on their teaching ability. A Formando who begins teaching class earns the title and respect of an instructor.Instructor at this level, capoeristas continue to improve their skills, which now include teaching. They are very strong in the roda, and are equally strong in their instruction. Before graduating, the formando should be acknowledged and respected throughout the larger capoeira community, to develop relationships with Mestres of the capoeira world, and to be able to speak Portuguese.
Professore (Formado) Level VIII, Cordão Trançado(3 colors)
Professore signifyies the experience and commitment of the student and all the levels that have been surpassed. The capoeirstas at this level have proven themselves as skilled martial artists and proficient teachers. They are regarded very highly because of their progress and devotion to capoeria. Their macilia skills continue to increase, as they now apply the knowledge they've gained within the roda to their dealings with the outside world, and vice-versa
Contramestre - Level VIIII, Cordão Trançado (4 colors)
Contramestre are not only some of the most important figures in their group, but in the world of capoeria itself. They are the right hand of their masters, and are so esteemed and honored that, even at this level, they are respected as masters. Formidable players in the roda, contramestre can seamlessly combine all of their skills into a fierce and relentless game.
**After the Contramestre level are the Mestre levels. Normally there are 4 levels of the Mestre cord levels.