ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco Commemorates 23rd Batizado and Graduation Ceremony

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Internationally Known Capoerista Mestrando Montanha to Lead Four-day Capoeira Workshop

ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco (ACSF), the Bay Area's first non-profit organization dedicated to recovering, preserving, and promoting Afro-Brazilian culture, will celebrate its 23rd Batizado and Graduation Ceremony on October 12 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at ACSF, 3221 22nd Street in San Francisco. The batizado and graduation ceremony will feature the traditional aspects of capoeira, including the initiation of new students. Highlights of the event include performances by visiting capoeristas from all over the world, including for the for the first time ever in San Francisco, Mestrando Montanha.

In the week leading up to the batizado, Mestrando Montanha will lead a series of master classes for both local and visiting ABADÁ students. Mestrando Montanha has practiced capoeira since 1987, and is recognized for his achievements as a leader of and educator in capoeira. He lives and teaches classes for children, youth and adults in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Assisting with the workshop series will be visiting female artist Professora Trilho of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

“ACSF is dedicated to the practice of the art of capoeira, with the intention of building a strong sense of family and community for capoeiristas,” said Marcia Treidler, a.k.a. Mestra Cigarra, Artistic Director of ACSF. “The batizado is not only an opportunity for us to welcome new students into our school, but also welcome the community at large by inviting everyone to witness a ceremony that has deep roots in Brazilian history.”

The batizado and graduation ceremony is open to the public. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door, but no one is turned away due to lack of fees. Kids under 12 are free.

For more information about the batizado and workshop series, visit abada.org.

​About ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco

ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco (ACSF) is an award winning non-profit organization that works to preserve, develop, and share the martial art of capoeira with integrity, and to use capoeira to ignite positive change in individuals and in communities. The organization addresses social and economic disparities that exist in our communities by offering high-quality, accessible instructional and performance programs for youth and adults, led by world-class artists. It integrates diverse communities and inspires civic responsibility, and personal and athletic success through physical, artistic, cultural, health education.

ACSF shares its name and philosophy with ABADÁ-Capoeira, short for the Brazilian Association for the Support and Development of the Art of Capoeira, an international organization of over 50,000 members founded by Mestre Camisa. Based in Rio de Janeiro, ABADÁ-Capoeira is now the largest Capoeira organization in the world and is represented in more than 56 countries.

For more information about ACSF, visit http://www.abada.org.

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