The cord system in capoeira is not standardized; every group has their own system, and a different order of colors.
Different groups also have different requirements for advancement to the next cord level.
During the year, each Capoeira Camara instructor will test their students in fitness, movements, game, music, and knowledge of the art’s history and philosophy. Each instructor will decide when the student is ready to receive the next cord.
Students receive their first cords at an event called a batizado (baptism) and move up in cords at the troca de cordões (changing of cords).
Mestre Bimba, the creator of capoeira regional, used to give out colored handkerchiefs in order to distinguish the graduated students from the novices. Mestre Carlos Senna of the group Senavox created the first colored cord ranking system in 1955.
The first student a student receives with their uniform
|Crua e Amarela (Raw & Yellow)
The first Corda after you “Batizado”, signifying a student’s initiation into the art.
Beginner Student Level
|Amarela e Laranja (Yellow & Orange)
The first phase in which a student is considered at the intermediate level
Intermediate Level Student
|Laranja e Azul (Orange & Blue)
The first phase in which a student is considered at the Advanced level
Graduado – Graduated student. A high level student who is taking their first steps towards becoming a teacher in the art form
|Azul e Verde (Blue & Green)
Monitor I – Monitor student. This is the first of the transition phases before a student becomes a full fledged teacher in the art
Monitor II – The student is at the end of their transition phase before becoming a considered a teacher.
|Verde e Roxa (Green & Purple)
Instructor I – The first step down the path of being responsible for one’s own class, and passing on the knowledge of the art form. Teaching, travelling, creating, hosting events – these are all additional expectations of the person at this phase.
Instructor II – The teacher continues down their path of learning, through others, and through their students.
|Roxa e Marrom (Purple & Brown)
Professor I – A Professor continues to grow as a teacher and a student. They are expected to travel and participate in many events.
Professor II – The last of the teacher phases.
|Marrom e Vermelha (Brown & Red)
Contra-Mestre – The transition to being recognised as a Master of the art form.
Mestre – The Capoeirista has accumulated many years of experience, has travelled for Capoeira extensively, and has passed on their knowledge to new generations.
They are now ready to learn.