As Capoeira continues to spread around the globe, more and more people grow curios and become interested in the art. Schools sprout in local cities to teach Capoeira both in its traditional and contemporary forms. Everyone knows that Capoeira is a sport that requires a lot of personal discipline, passion and physical fitness. Training under the Mestres of Capoeira is a challenge in itself too. But almost all aspiring Capoeiristas come to a point of dedication a self awareness turned public declaration of their intent to live the Capoeira culture. Akin to baptizing a follower welcoming him to his chosen faith, Capoeiristas call this point as the Batizado and this jumpstarts their journey towards full training in the chosen Capoeira style.
Batizado literally means "baptism" in portuguese and is borrowed from the religious traditions of past welcoming new members faith. capoeira however, a batizado an initiation ceremony where students can have chance to showcase their skills alongside advanced mestres roda within respective group or association. there no involvement any acts during so all different faith are welcome partake act. it normally annual event for region country. besides being rite students, also graduation students. great deal community, both near far, will be invited witness thereby strengthening fraternity by camaraderie interplay.
The practice of Capoiera Batizado originates from Capoeira Regional but has been widely used also by the Capoeira Contemporanea groups. Let's look at how the batizado differs in practice between these styles:
The tradition of the batizado in Regional started in the 60's and it simply showcases the first time a student plays capoeira to the sound of the berimbau. He will be playing among advanced students who have been trained to take care of the beginner. The Regional style teaches the more advanced students to help develop the capoeira game of the beginners. Mestre Bimba, the founder of Capoeira Regional, worked hard to maintain community bonds through Capoeira and he wanted to portray the Batizado not as a dreaded event for first timers but as a ceremony of trust and fellowship among brothers of the craft. His Batizado also consisted of giving capoeira nicknames to the new members which reflect that the new members are now welcome to join his group.
Batizados in Contemporanea are usually large events and are very important for the group organizing it. At this annual event, the new members will receive their first cords and the other members, depending on their progress, will receive a new or upgraded one. A typical Batizado event can last for days and may consist of workshops, the actual Batizado rite itself and an event called a Troca de Cordas (changing of the cords of which symbolizes the level of a capoeirista). It is also during this event where Capoeira nicknames are assigned to the new students. Oftentimes, different Capoeira groups of different regions attend the ceremonies. This allows for the development of the game by contact with other players, teachers and styles.
A Capoeira Batizado can be a great opportunity to see a variety of Capoeira styles, to watch mestres play, and to witness the participants play with perseverance and preparation. Some Batizados are open to for public viewing to entice more new members. When they are open to the public, it is a great chance for outsiders to learn about the art or simply just be entertained by the artistry and beauty of the art form. The Batizado is a time of celebration and hard work for everybody. It is during such event where you can see the teachers introduce their new students to their mestres, their peers and the group as a whole. It is also the time when the students can show off their skills and learn new ones from experienced athletes. If you happen to come across a Batizado event of a Capoeira group, do not miss this opportunity and witness as the family continues to expand and welcome more and more people who choose to live the colourful culture that is Capoeira!