10 Tips to Be a Better Student in Capoeira by CM Xara

How can I learn Capoeira better?

It is a question I get asked often from my students.

My reply is: How can you be a better student?

Today, Capoeira is literally practiced all over the world in over 100 countries.  Why?  I think because it is an art that is inclusive.  It’s not an elite club.  It’s an art that empowers ordinary people.

But that also means people from different background come to Capoeira with different expectations, ideas, and reasons.  A parent who wants to enroll their kids because it looks fun and kids friendly.  A fighter who wants to learn the deadly “meia-lua-de-compasso” kick he saw on the last UFC fight.  An office lady who wants to try an exercise that’s not a kick boxing.  A musician who wants to learn the “berimbau.”  A loner who wants to make friends.

Capoeira has everything.  Sometimes it’s a dance.  Sometimes it’s a martial art.  It’s a ritual.  It’s a music.  It’s a gathering.  It’s not liner.  It’s multi-dimensional.

But if you try to apply your biased idea on what Capoeira is, you are in for a bad surprise.  It is often NOT what you think it is.  In Capoeira, there will be a time to abandon your biased ideas on what you think it is, and accept and learn what it truly is.  I have seen a lot of people quit Capoeira because “It wasn’t what I thought it would be.”


You need to be humble.  You need to be open-minded.

Capoeira has so many different aspects to learn that it takes a lifetime to be a master.  Even when you train for years and years, you will always learn something new: you will always be a student no matter how long you train for or what color of belt you wrap your hip around.  We are all students of life until the day we pass to the other side.

So how can we become a better Capoeira student?

One of our great friends and inspiring capoeiristas, Contra-Mestre Xara, who unfortunately passed away some years ago, left us with these tips for us.  It is relevant today, and it will be for generations to come.

His tips are practical and also spiritual.   When you substitute the word “capoeira” with “life”, you’ll be surprised to see how these tips can be relevant to your everyday life.


#1 Come prepared

It is good to wait at least two hours after eating before practicing. It is also not advised to attend training on an empty stomach. Hydration and nutrition are important throughout your day so you can function your best at Capoeira.


#2 Abandon the competitive mindset

In Capoeira you only compete with yourself.  Respect in the Capoeira roda is mutual: if you wish to be respected, you need to give respect also.


#3 Everyone is talented

In Capoeira, everyone has different talents and limits; maybe you are not a good fighter but a great musician, singer, artist, dancer, etc… in time you will find your talent.


#4 Everyone learns at a different speed

Do not be surprised if a beginner learns as fast, or faster than you.  What is important is NOT how long you have trained Capoeira, but the quality of training rather than the quantity.


#5 There is no secret to be a good capoeirista

If you give 110% every time you train, you are a good capoeirista.


#6 Express yourself at the right time

Don’t be afraid to express your opinions, ideas & concerns to your teacher but make sure you do it at the right time.


#7 Know when to train and when to socialize

A Capoeira group is also a group of friends, but know when it is time to practice and when it is time to hang. Pay attention when the instructor is explaining something.


#8 Belt represents your overall quality

Batizado and belt exchange is a celebration for all students. The belt represents each student’s experience, dedication, and strength. The students are evaluated on not only their physical abilities, but also on their frequency of class attendance, team work, discipline, behavior in class, events and rodas outside of class, and so much more.


#9 You represent yourself and your group

At an event outside of your group, it is important to gain new knowledge, exchange ideas, make new friends, and learn Capoeira. During social gatherings, you are responsible for your own actions – remember that the following morning, you need to be training in the class.

Not only you are a representative of your Capoeira group, but also your action reflects on you, your group and your teacher.

Also when traveling in group – gas fees will be divided equally.


#10 Treat others like how you want to be treated.

When you host someone from another city in your house during an event- remember that next time you may receive the same treatment when visiting their group.  Always treat others like you want to be treated.


I hope these tips will help you on your journey to be a better capoeirista.  Axé!

New YouTube Channel

We are launching a new YouTube channel!

Because starting fresh is a good thing

So much has changed with Google and YouTube in the last few years, and honestly, I haven’t really kept up with our YouTube channel.  Tried to log in to our YouTube Channel, but sure enough, I can’t.  I tried so many different ways, but it ain’t working.

Well, this is the sign, right?  Our brand-new website deserves a new YouTube channel. Over the last few years, I have accumulated so much footage that should be shared with the capoeira community.  I will slowly upload them so be sure to SUBSCRIBE our new channel.


Here’s the first video I have uploaded.  An awesome miudinho sequence performed by CM Piolho (CDO Chester) and our very own CM Duas Duzias in 2014 at CDO Bay Area event.



If you still wanna access our old YouTube channel, click here!

Dia de Ouro da Cordão – CDO 50th Anniversary

This year, 2017, is a special year for Cordão de Ouro group.  It is the 50th year of our global family of CDO, and Mestre Suassuna is throwing down one of the largest CDO Capoeira events in São Paulo.

“Dia de Ouro da Cordão” will be held on August 9 – 13 in Clube ADC Eletropaulo, São Paulo / SP, Brazil.  They will have ceremonies, graduations, classes, workshops, rodas, presentations, shows, CDs, DVDs.  There will also be a book by Mestre Boca Rica that tells Mestre Suassuna’s story and a good part of the group’s history.

This will be a very important week for the group. If you have a chance, take this opportunity to witness another chapter in the history of Capoeira and the Cordão de Ouro Group.

For more information, check out their facebook page and their event page.

Just to share the list of mestres already confirmed:

Mestre Flavinho – CDO São Paulo
Mestre Sarara – CDO São Paulo
Mestre Lobão – Besouro Mangangá São José dos Campos
Mestre Sampaio – CDO São Paulo
Mestre Nathanael
Mestre Jogo de Dentro – Semente do Jogo de Angola
Mestre Cavalca – CDO Guaratigueta
Mestre Falcon – Associação Nacional de Capoeira
Mestre Urubu Malandro – Capoeira Ijexa USA
Mestre Xavier – CDO São Paulo
Mestre Lúcifer – CDO
Mestre Cueca – CDO Moscou
Mestre Zuza – CDO São Paulo
Mestre Ponciano – CDO Guaratigueta
Mestre Risadinha – CDO Itabuna
Mestre Rubao – CDO Osasco
Mestre Sarue – Ribeirão Preto
Mestre Geraldinho – CDO Santa Maria Perus
Mestre Quebrinha – Ginga Brasil CDO Taubate
Mestre Macaco – Coquinho Baiano Campinas
Mestre Tinta Forte – CDO São José dos Campos
Mestre Cícero – CDO Campinas
Mestre Irani – CDO Natal
Mestre Ataulfo – CDO Natal
Mestre Tamanduá – CDO Rio de Janeiro
Mestre Virgulino – CDO Cangaço
Mestre Edan – CDO Israel
Mestre Xandao – CDO Acre
Mestre Tião – CDO São Paulo
Mestre Morena – CDO Guaratigueta
Mestre Coruja – CDO Mangalot
Mestre Fuinha – CDO Belo Horizonte
Mestre Boca Rica – CDO Barcelona
Mestre Esquilo – CDO Sete Lagoas
Mestre Chicote – CDO Paris
Mestre Escravo – CDO Piauí
Mestre Lu Pimenta – CDO Campinas
Mestre Paulinha Zumba – CDO Fortaleza
Mestre Vitor – CDO Natal
Mestre Giló – CDO São Paulo
Mestre Marquinhos – CDO Boituva
Mestre Lucas – CDO Sorocaba
Mestre Kino – CDO São Paulo
Mestre Kibe – CDO São Paulo
Mestre Joguinho – CDO Campinas
Mestre Habibs – CDO Florianópolis
Mestre Arrepiado – CDO Acre
Mestre Ivan – CDO Osasco
Mestre Gaiola – CDO Russia
Mestre Espirrinho – CDO África do Sul
Mestre Primo – CDO Itália
Mestre Pium – CDO Finlândia
Mestre Folgadinha – CDO Belo Horizonte
Mestre Andrezinho – CDO Santa Maria Perus
Mestre Tico – CDO Russia
Mestre Kuata – CDO Osasco
Mestre Cobra – CDO Acre
Mestre Paulinho – CDO Pilar do Sul
Mestre Dani – CDO São José dos Campos
Mestre Rodrigo – CDO Itapira
Mestre Papa-Leguas – CDO Patos de Minas
Mestre Santo – CDO São Paulo
Mestre Nei – CDO Patrocinio
Mestre Padeiro – CDO Caieras
Mestre Vitinho – CDO Viçosa
Mestre Chico Coco – CDO Guaratigueta
Mestre Carijo – CDO São Miguel Arcanjo
Mestre Barriga – CDO Santa Cruz Cabralia
Mestre Curiango – CDO Cangaço Balneário Camboriú
Mestre Pinoquio – CDO Cangaço Botucatu
Mestre Pipoca – CDO Cangaço Natal
Mestre Chiquinho – CDO Cangaço Natal
Mestre Nildo – CDO Cangaço Natal
Mestre Boneco – CDO Cangaço Natal
Mestre Matraca – CDO Acre
Mestre Carlinhos – CDO Belo Horizonte
Mestre Kennedy – CDO Goiás
Mestre Dada – CDO Piauí
Mestre Calango – União Capoeira Guaratigueta
Mestre Pula Pula – CDO Goiás
Mestre Cláudio Dandara – Dandara CDO Campinas
Mestre Zenaldo – CDO Campinas
Mestre Téo – CDO Campinas
Mestre Braulio – CDO Malásia

What is Miudinho?


“Miudinho is not angola,
Miudinho is not regional,
Miudinho is a sly game,
It’s a game of inside,
It’s a nice game… ”
– Pinauna

“Miudinho não é angola,
Miudinho não é regional,
Miudinho é um jogo manhoso,
É um jogo de dentro,
É um jogo legal…”
– Pinauna

In the 1970s and 1980s, capoeira went through a period of great expansion and popularization throughout the country, achieving a great status in Brazil and abroad. A number of previously unexplored benefits have emerged, such as the introduction of capoeira into the curriculum of educational institutions, the development of training methodologies, the increasing social recognition of capoeira.

This helped to expand the labor markets for capoeiristas to gain jobs with great social values; such as adaptation for students with special needs, reintegration of marginalized children and young people, and capoeira for seniors.

But it didn’t come without damages – some young “masters” altered the training to be more aggressive, which lead to more violence.

During this period, Mestre Suassuna, worried about the direction that capoeira was taking, began to reminisce about the capoeira he played at the end of the 1950s. He then created a training system with the sequences of movements to be learned, experienced and taught.  He set its style to be rich in movements, developed a rhythm and added some elements; after a process that lasted more than fifteen years, it became what is known as Jogo do Miudinho, “Game of the Small.”

The name, “Miudinho” was born in a game of training, where the teacher told his students that they should play closer, and shouted: É pra jogar miudinho!!! (It is to play small !!!)

In the 90’s, he spent and worked on these sequences for his younger disciples who, with a rich and vigorous capoeira, became known as the “Geração Miudinho” (Miudaho Generation).

Miudinho Generation
Miudinho Generation’s Graduation at Capoeirando 2004

With supporters all over the world, Mestre Suassuna and his pupils gained students who constantly attend his academy in the Santa Cecilia neighborhood of São Paulo to learn his secrets and mandingas from the capoeira game.

Today, the game of miudinho keeps evolving, and the new generation of students has been very innovative and creative to come up with new sequences.  At the Capoeirando, Mestre Suassuna hosts a miundiho competition where they compete to showcase the best miudinho game.  It is a game that drives creativity and innovation, and it is a foundation of modern Cordão de Ouro style.



Featured Image: CM Ferpa
Original Text
By Mestre Boca Rica

New Kids Class on Mondays!


We are pleased to announce of our new kids Capoeira class! One of our most dedicated students, Canela, will be teaching the small kids (age 5 – 9) at Kahala Community Park on Mondays from 5:30pm until 6:30pm.

Capoeira is a great way to develop your kid’s coordination, reflexes, flexibility and musicality in a fun environment.


Please contact Canela at 808-829-6500 for more info.