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.

Schedule (2018 prices — 2019 updates coming soon)

Thursday, November 1  (Location:  Gymnasium, All Souls Church, 1500 Harvard St., NW)

6:15 – 7:15 p.m. – Kids Workshop and roda with Mestre Raimundo Kilombolas

7:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Workshop 1 with Mestre Raimundo Kilombolas

Friday, November 2 (Location:  Gymnasium, Center City Public Charter School – Shaw, 711 N St., NW)

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Workshop 2 with Mestre Raimundo Kilombolas

8:30 p.m. – Open Roda

Saturday, November 3 (Location: Gymnasium, Center City Public Charter School – Shaw, 711 N St N.W.)

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Workshop 3 Capoeira Music with Toques de Berimbau with Mestre Raimundo Kilombolas (bring your berimbau if you have one, we will have berimbaus available for BV students)

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Workshop 4 Capoeira Acrobatics with Formado Aranha, Grupo Topázio

2:00 p.m. Batizado and Troca de Graduacoes and Open Rodas

8:00 p.m. – FESTA!!!!! Location: Capitol Hill Loft, RSVP for address

$30 – 1 capoeira workshop
$50 – 2 workshops
$65 – 3 workshops
$85 – 4 workshops

$10 -- Friday Open Roda

$25 Batizado shirt and participation in Saturday Batizado & Open Rodas

$115 Guest Students – All workshops, Open Roda & Batizado

$15 Saturday Party (includes food and beverages)

***Discounts for Groups***

Capoeiristas from Professor through Mestre are complimentary; please email bombabahia@gmail.com to register your participation.

Spectators- No Charge (Tax deductible donations appreciated)

Honored Guests

 Mestre Nenel