Annual Batizado and Troca de Graduações - Celebrating 100 Years of Capoeira Regional and 25 Years of Barro Vermelho
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Ceremony and Workshops
711 N St., NW (Center City PCS Auditorium)
Washington, DC 20001
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 is also 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".
This year's event will take place on Saturday, November 3, in NW D.C.. Various Mestres, Contra Mestres and other highly ranked students from around the United States will join us as we celebrate our students' accomplishments, with the special participation of Mestre Raimundo Kilombolas from Grupo Kilombolas, Bahia, Brazil. Grupo Kilombolas is the “grandfather” group of Capoeira Barro Vermelho, and we are happy to have Mestre Raimundo as he helps us continue the celebration of 25 years of Capoeira Barro Vermelho, which began in May in the Canary Islands, Spain. See photos here.