Capoeira offers so much to all of us, and means something different to us all. A lesser important aspect of capoeira is the belt or cord level. Capoeira is unique to many other martial arts as it is not belt driven. That is, each person's development in capoeira may look very different from the next person's, and there is not an exact set of movements or sequences that define students perfectly at each level. Promotions occur in capoeira only once a year at most, and grow farther apart the longer a student trains in capoeira. A student's journey in capoeira is personal and can be life long- the goal is not driven by achieving a certain belt level. Because we know that each student sets goals for themselves, we have created a cord guideline for our group based upon three general (and broad) elements- physical movements, music, and how a student gives back to capoeira. It is useful to see how one's training in both movements and music can progress, and how one's contributions to the development of capoeira and his/her fellow students becomes more important the higher the belt level. Note that this guideline is for aluno students (prior and up to achieving graduado).
MNCA's Belt Guidelines (Adult)
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