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Abadá Capoeira in San Francisco celebrates 20th anniversary with a Batizado

Mestranda Márcia Cigarra at Abadá
Mestranda Márcia Cigarra at Abadá
by Abadá Capoeira

Capoeira is one of most famous Afro-Brazilian cultural manifestations, and it is also one of the most traditional ones. Strong men and women fight a fight disguised as dance, under the rhythms played by atabaques (drums), berimbau (instrument native of Bahia state) and others. You can check it out right here in San Francisco.

Abadá Capoeira is a non-profit organization located at 3221 22nd Street (@ Mission), in the heart of the Mission District, dedicated to recover, preserve and disseminate the Afro-Brazilian culture. Abadá is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a ceremony named Batizado (Baptism), which is a graduation ceremony, when the fighters advance their levels and change their cordas (ropes), like the belts in Karate.

Batizado is a chance for the public to see the unique and traditional characteristics of this fight and the various levels and skills of the students. The Batizado is a very important graduation ceremony and always has guests from Brazil and other countries.

One of the Capoeira’s most interesting and unique traditions is the name given at graduation to the new masters and instructors. These names are funny or curious nicknames that will follow that person all his/hers capoeira life. Abadá in San Francisco is led by Mestranda Márcia Cigarra (Master Grasshopper). Some of the visitors at this Batizado are: Mestre Cobra (Master Snake), Intructors Furacão (Hurricane), Prego (Nail), Côco (Coconut), Sereia (Mermaid) and Alma de Gato (Cat’s Soul).

Do not miss this chance to experience of the greatest Brazilian cultural event. Everyone is welcome!!!

The Batizado will be held on Sunday, November 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Abadá Capoeira, 3221 22nd Street (@ Mission), San Francisco. There will be an after party and attendees are welcome to join, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.



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