ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco shares name and philosophy with the international organization of 40,000 members, which was founded in 1988 by Mestre Camisa, and is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The letters ABADÁ-Capoeira, translated into English, stand for the Brazilian Association for the Support and Development of the Art of Capoeira.
Mestre Camisa developed his own philosophy and methodology for teaching capoeira by following the innovative concepts of his teacher, the great Master of Capoeira Regional, Mestre Bimba. Mestre Camisa's vision for ABADÁ-Capoeira has been to create an organization that strives to move forward by keeping one foot in the past and one foot in the future, maintaining tradition while adapting to society's changes. The organization strives to improve and promote capoeira— allowing it to reach its full potential as an internationally respected art, while maintaining its dignity, character, history, and traditions.
On May 28th, 2010, the founder of ABADÁ Capoeira, Mestre Camisa (Jose Tadeu Carneiro Cardoso) received his doctorate degree "Doutor Honoris Causa" from the University of Uberlandia (Universidade Federal de Uberlandia). Check out the certifying document (PDF).
The organization is driven by the life-long commitment of Mestre Camisa and the highest-ranked ABADÁ-Capoeira artists who have achieved the level of "Mestre/a" and "Mestrando". Today, ABADÁ-Capoeira is the largest and most successful capoeira organization in the world and is represented throughout Brazil and in Brazil and in more than 40 countries including Angola, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Columbia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, the United States and more. (For a complete list of countries and ABADA-Capoeira locations, go to abadalinks.info.)
THE ABADÁ STYLE
Unique, progressive in design, and coveted.
ABADÁ-Capoeira prides itself on the originality and constant refinement of its style of capoeira, renown for efficiency, aesthetics, and cultural and historical relevance. The original style of ABADÁ-Capoeira seeks to incorporate both Capoeira Regional and Capoeira Angola, and embraces the modernizing innovations of the legendary Mestre Bimba without losing sight of the history and philosophy of the ancient art.
ABADÁ-Capoeira believes that the study of capoeira involves dedication to all the various aspects of the art, including the relentless pursuit of technical mastery of the physical elements of capoeira, constant evolution of the technique to improve efficiency and prevent injury, understanding of and reverence for capoeira's rich history, individual competency and knowledge of the music and instruments of capoeira, preservation and recovery of the instruments, rhythms, and games of capoeira, and participation in the larger capoeira community in Brazil and throughout the world.
Today the ABADÁ style is coveted by other capoeira organizations throughout the world, and serves as a model for other less developed capoeira schools and as an example of the potential of the art.
YOUTH GRADUATION SYSTEM
After a student reaches the level of blue/orange, he/she will remain at that level until the age of sixteen, at which time they will transfer to the adult system. No child under 16 is permitted to attain the "Graduate" level and title because the training program for that level is not appropriate for youth under the age of sixteen.