What is a capoeira batizado? 

A "Batizado” literally means baptism. In Capoeira, a batizado is usually an annual initiation ceremony where students have the opportunity to demonstrate their capoeria skill alongside more advanced students in the roda. 

The students are taken to the ground by a master or advanced student in celebration of their membership as a "baptism by the floor." The batizado includes workshops as an opportunity for students to train with different mestres to learn new combinations and techniques. It isalso an opportunity for students to be recognized for their advancement in higher achievements in the art of capoeira with the changing of belts--this part is the "troca de graducoes".