Cordão de Ouro

Introduction to Capoeira

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian cultural practice developed by the slaves in Brazil. It is an art of freedom and resistance, and has been used by to self-defend, as well as preserve identity, freedom and culture.

Capoeira has elements of music, rhythm, dance and martial arts, simultaneously a fight and a dance – that can be interpreted as tradition, a sport and also an art form.

Capoeira practitioners or ‘capoeirista’ often showcase their ability in capoeira circle called ‘roda’. In the capoeira roda, the circle is formed by a line of traditional musical instruments player called ‘bateria’ lead by capoeira master ‘mestre’ and capoeiristas. Inside the circle, 2 capoeiristas play / spar, while other capoeiristas will sing and clap following the lead by the bateria.

Today, capoeira has spread around the world. Practicing capoeira has become a form of exercise, leisure, social interaction and self-improvement for people all over the world.

In 2014, capoeira has been given special protected status as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.


Associação de Capoeira Cordão de Ouro

The association of Capoeira Cordão de Ouro (CDO) is one of the largest and respected group in contemporary Capoeira and was founded in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1967 by the prominent Mestre

Suassuna and Mestre Brasilia.

The school is known to spread Capoeira as both a sport and culture in preserving advanced technical skills, interacting speed, agility, resilience, creativity and music without forgetting its roots. Today, CDO is present in America, Europe, Africa and Asia.


Capoeira Cordão de Ouro Malaysia

In Cordão de Ouro Malaysia, we believe that “everyone can capoeira” . Capoeira is suitable for all age group, from the toddlers to the senior citizens. Capoeira is perhaps one of the few martial arts can be practiced lifelong, be it for sports, or leisure activity.

We also strongly believe in inclusion, where capoeira can be even enjoyed by people with different ability, whether it’s learning deficiency or physical disability. Being part of Cordão de Ouro Association, we receive guidance in teaching modules for the special need children by our sister school Capoeira Especial Cordão de Ouro in Guaratingueta, Brazil, which is the first formal capoeira school for the special need in Sao Paulo.