ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco Marks its 26th Year with Annual Batizado and Graduation Ceremony

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Performance Event Features Mestre Cobra from Brazil

Capoeira is a unique cultural art that should be witnessed to truly be understood.

ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco (ACSF), the Bay Area's first non-profit organization dedicated to recovering, preserving, and promoting Afro-Brazilian culture, will host its annual Batizado and Graduation Ceremony on December 10 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at ACSF, 3221 22nd Street in San Francisco. This year’s event will feature special guest Mestre Cobra, a highly accomplished capoeirista and one of the top leaders of the international organization of ABADÁ-Capoeira.

Mestre Cobra, from Rio de Janeiro, gives capoeira workshops throughout the world, bringing decades of knowledge and experience to ABADÁ-Capoeira students. He has mentored thousands of students over the years and has been instrumental in the growth of ABADÁ-Capoeira throughout the world. He’ll lead workshops at ACSF for ABADÁ-Capoeira students during the week before the batizado.

The batizado is a traditional capoeira ceremony in which new students are initiated into the world of capoeira by playing with a master level artist, and some continuing students receive a new cord in recognition of their growth. The ceremony is complimented by performances including an opening by top-level guest artists from across the country and ACSF’s company performers.

“Capoeira is a unique cultural art that should be witnessed to truly be understood,” said Marcia Treidler, a.k.a. Mestra Cigarra, Artistic Director of ACSF. “The batizado gives our school an opportunity to share our art with the community at large so that they experience it first hand. This year’s event will be all the more special with the addition of one of ABADÁ-Capoeira’s legendary artists, Mestre Cobra.”

The batizado and graduation ceremony is open to the public. Following the batizado will be an after-party including refreshments from 4:00-7:00p.m. All are welcome to stay and have a chance to meet the artists.

For more information about the batizado and workshop series, visit ACSF’s events page.

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.

ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco shares name and philosophy with the international ABADÁ-Capoeira organization, which was founded in 1988 by Mestre Camisa (José Tadeu Carneiro Cardoso) and is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ABADÁ is an acronym—ABADÁ-Capoeira, translated into English, stands for “Brazilian Association for the Support and Development of the Art of Capoeira.” ABADÁ-Capoeira has grown to have upwards of 50,000 members in more than 56 countries. The organization is founded on the belief that capoeira has the power to promote positive social change.

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

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