The annual Capoeira graduation, called Batizado (or “baptism”), is a week-long festival, celebration and testing that also enables visiting international Mestres (masters) and students to connect. Full of energy and emotions, this annual event allows students to come in contact with the many cultural aspects of Capoeira
This ceremony marks the evolution of a Capoeirista via their passage through the various cord (belt) colours. When a student is first baptized in Capoeira, he or she normally receives an apelido (nickname) based on a personal characteristic. This name is specially chosen by the Mestre in order to reflect the student’s reality in the world of Capoeira. This is an old custom which is still in use today.