Abadá-Capoeira is an international non-profit organization which aims to expand Afro-Brazilian culture through Capoeira. Abadá-Capoeira serves to provide a free, central space where the developing forces of Capoeira can interact and benefit from one another. In this manner, the conditions for Capoeira to grow and flourish are created, and the mastering of technical skills is supported. Abadá-Capoeira extends to 27 Brazilian states and 35 countries and has approximately 50,000 members.

Abadá-Capoeira South Africa has been operating since 2000, under the leadership of Instrutor Beleza. It is based in Cape Town and a branch of the international organization Abadá-Capoeira, based in Rio de Janeiro under the leadership of Mestre Camisa.

Abadá-Capoeira combines the Capoeira styles of Regional and Angola, and has developed a new style which embraces the modernizing innovations of the legendary Capoeirista, Mestre Bimba. Abadá-Capoeira, which stands at the forefront of contemporary Capoeira movements, has been careful not to lose sight of the guiding principles and values which are embedded in the history and philosophy of the art.


Abadá-Capoeira incorporates a multi-leveled philosophy for the development of Capoeira. The philosophy includes the relentless pursuit of the technical mastery of Capoeira, on both student and teaching levels. Secondly, the transformation of student into teacher by imparting the original value systems of the early masters defines Capoeira as a valuable pedagogical tool. In effect, this dissimination perserves and cultivates the culture and lives of these masters, making Capoeira an integral artistic and cultural resource.

We at Abadá-Capoeira understand that Capoeira is, and always was, both an ancestral and progressive art form. It is the living expression and embodiment of a people that fought for liberty. In this light, we believe it should be practiced with reverence, and deserves the same respect and attention it was given by its originators. We also realize that Capoeira must not cease to evolve. While preserving its values, our work simultaneously embraces change and advancement, seeking to give Capoeira the space and freedom it demands to reach its full potential. Like the chameleon, Capoeira needs change as a way to preserve its own essence.

Grading System

Crua / Crua-Yellow / Yellow

These colors are designated for beginners. The Crua is a cord with no color yet. The Yellow (or gold) represents the value of the new student and the potential for development.

Yellow-Orange / Orange / Orange-Blue

The Orange cord represents the Sun and the awakening of the consciousness.

Blue / Blue-Green

The graduated student level; the blue represents the color of the ocean and the realization of how immense the path is ahead.

Green / Green-Purple

Green is the color of the forest and the lungs of the world. At this level, the student focuses on making the group grow, and solidifying his/her instruction. These students work to maintain the foundation of the group.

Purple / Purple-Brown

This is the reflection of the continuity of capoeira. At this level, the capoeiristas seek to overcome physical, emotional, and spiritual pains in the search for knowledge about capoeira, and supporting the group philosophy.

Brown / Brown -Red

This color represents our style, ‘The Chameleon.’ It is from this level that future Mestrandos, Mestres, and Grão Mestres are made.


‘The Ruby’ is the stone that represents fairness. It is at this level that a capoeirista acquires a consciousness of his or her responsibility to capoeira and seeks to live, teach, and make decisions with fairness.


The Mestres level. At this level, the capoeirista works to develop all of his or her potential in the sense of bringing together and maintaining the ideas and philosophy of the group. This level is a transformation where the capoeirista is preparing to move to the highest rank in the Abadá-Capoeira organization. For that, it is necessary to make decisions with certainty, precision, honesty, loyalty, and above all wisdom and impartiality.


This level represents the diamond. It is the mineral that reflects all other colors. It is the hardest and most resistant stone. It is in the color white where all colors unite. It is through wisdom, patience, humility, loyalty, and the sureness of purpose that our philosophy, traditions, and fundamentals are maintained.

There is only one Grão Mestre in the group. All of the attributes are concentrated in one person who has the most responsibility in deciding the destiny of the group.