Belt System


Maculele-Capoeira utilizes a belt system to acknowledge the knowledge of the Capoeira student. The belt is known as “corda”, or cord, and is presented to the student during an event called the Batizado (graduation ceremony). This is an event that celebrates the Afro-Brazilian culture through dances and music and where students can progress through the belt system. Maculele-Capoeira holds graduation ceremonies with sold-out theatre performances. Maculele-Capoeira Students train throughout the months to meet the requirements to receive their next corda. Requirements normally consist of knowledge of movements and the history of capoeira, a dedication to learning portuguese, knowledge of capoeira songs and various instruments and rhythms, and embodiment of the group philosophy. Each new belt requires that these requirements are met to an increasing level of proficiency, and as a student starts to become a Graduado and higher, additional requirements are also taken into account. It is also important to note that, especially in Maculele-Capoeira, having branches in many different countries in the world, students are recognized not only in Atlanta by Mestre Fran and Mestra Sara but world-wide.


Our Capoeira Tiny Tiger curriculum has been developed specifically for young children starting at age 2.5. This program offers children a strong foundation in essential character qualities such as courtesy, respect, and discipline. In addition, the program is designed to improve children’s motor skills and enhance their ability to pay attention and follow directions.

This curriculum provides students with the most fun and exciting training methods available for this age group. This program works in conjunction with other programs, thereby emphasizing the same important monthly themes and value system.