Ungu Capoeira Cord System
Aluno to Mestre
Crua: Initiante - Beginner
First cord given to the student at their batizado ("baptism" in capoeira), it’s their first time entering a formal roda and playing with an experienced teacher. The student may or may not receive a nickname that they will be known by inside capoeira.
Verde e Crua: Aluno - Innocence
In this phase of innocence the student searches to learn the movements and the instruments of capoeira without much need for commitment.
Verde: Aluno - Awakening
Already becoming more engaged with capoeira the student awakens, inspired to taking capoeira more seriously.
Amarela e verde: Aluno - Consciousness
In this phase the student starts to become conscious of the rituals of capoeira and its mysteries.
Amarela: Aluno - Expansion
The student is in the phase of preparing to become an advanced student, expanding their knowledge by searching out more information and more actively trying to find out more about capoeira.
Azul e Verde: Aluno Avançado - Resilience
Because it is a high level, this phase before becoming a graduate student, there are more expectations placed on the student. Because of this many students will give up so it requires resilience to continue.
Azul: Graduado - Perseverance
As a graduate student, they have more freedom but at the same time more responsibility. They need perseverance towards the difficulties that will come along in the journey ahead.
Marrom e Preta: Instrutor - Unknown Lands
Already taking classes the instructor is in new territory where they need to be calm and patient to make good decisions in their teaching.
Marrom: Professor - Resistance
After years of resistance the teacher has grown roots of knowledge that will never be forgotten, passing this knowledge on with respect and humility.
Vermelha e Preta: Mestrando - Warrior
The warrior who, even with all their challenges keeps on fighting with wisdom, resilience and love of the art.
After much sweat and sacrifice they are recognised for their work, their years of dedication and contribution to the art, by the community and their capoeira mestre.
Branca e Vermelha: Wisdom
This phase symbolises the blood of the black slave shed in search of freedom, the graduation in which with all their acquired experience seeks to show students the best way forward, the best attitude to adopt inside and outside of capoeira in their different contexts.
Cord acquired after the age of 50 and a minimum of 40 years of practice.