Cordao De Ouro Scotland
CDO Scotland follows the philosophies and techniques of Grand Master Suassuna and Mestre Papa Leguas.
Grupo Cordao de Ouro Capoeira is quickly recognised by its distinct mix of expression, improvisation and agility. Through specific training methods, students of Cordao de Ouro can discover ways of moving that they perhaps did not think could be possible.
Our classes are based on the premise that Capoeira is fundamentally a game. Though there are aspects of martial arts or dance,the movements are based on the interaction between people in an exciting, dynamic but peaceful context.
The main focus of CDO Scotland is to provide a safe and encouraging environment for students to develop their physical confidence and ability. Proper care is taken to avoid injury, through disciplined movement, warming up and stretching. Students are not pushed to do anything they feel might compromise their safety.
Though within Capoeira, there are plenty of dynamic movements, these are not essential and Capoeira can be enjoyed on a recreational level well into old age. ( Some Masters are in their 90s and still playing!) For those who want to learn all the acrobatic movements, we have the facilities and resources to take you to an international standard.
We believe everyone has something to bring to Capoeira and many things to gain from it, within the game there is plenty of space to explore your own philosophy and put your own personality into the game.
Cordao De Ouro International
Group 'Cordao De Ouro' is the largest Capoeira group in the UK and one of the largest groups in the World.
Our group Cordão de Ouro, meaning 'rope of gold' and also ‘neckchain of gold’, was established in 1967 in São Paulo, Brazil, by Mestre Suassuna and Mestre Brasilia. The name derives from the neckchain of gold worn by the famous historical Capoeirista 'Besouro Manganga'.
It was a struggle to form a Capoeira group in Sao Paulo in the 1960s, as Capoeira was not well recognized outside the state of Bahia or Rio de Janerio. However, the group grew and became well known for spectacular shows and presentations of Capoeira by Mestre Suassuna, Mestre Brasilia and their students.
Since then the group has grown from strength to strength, with it’s centre in Brazil and spreading to the rest of the world. There are now groups established in the USA, France, Germany, Israel, Sweden, Latvia, Australia, India, Denmark, Ukraine, Austria, Holland, Greece, Russia, Japan, Cyprus, Italy, Norway, Indonesia and a growing number here in the United Kingdom (Nottingham, London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Derby, Norwich, Edinburgh and Glasgow).
Similar to Eastern Martial Arts, many Capoeira groups have a grading system using different coloured belts to mark progression in Capoeira. Different groups have varying uses of colour for the grades, but most can be put into categories of 'student', 'Instructor', 'Professor'(teacher), 'Contra-Mestre', 'Mestre' (Master), 'Grao-Mestre' (Grand master). Cords are presented to students by their teachers at an annual ceremony and celebration called a 'batizado' (literally 'baptism', though the ceremony has no relation to a religious ceremony).