Associação Kadara Capoeira is an international capoeira school lead by Mestre Cicatriz, based in Sydney, Australia, with branches in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Indonesia and the Philippines. Kadara means “DESTINY”. We choose our destiny to be Capoeira, to do good things, and to contribute positively to humanity through capoeira.

With over 30 years experience in the art of Capoeira, Mestre Cicatriz, decided to found his own group in the world of Capoeira with the help of Mestre Lotar, his mestre, who supported him and gave him the inspiration for the name of the new group. Associação Kadara Capoeira was founded on 13 August 2013, based on the values of unity, respect and tradition of this art. The name came up because of the importance of Capoeira in their lives. Kadara means destiny and simplicity (destiny to be Capoeira and simplicity in the way of being). This powerful word inspired the logo of the group that has movement and color symbolizing earth, fire and air. These three elements of nature show the strength that this new generation of Kadara capoeirista has.


  1. To use capoeira and other elements of Brazilian culture to inspire and empower students.
  2. To create a healthy and conducive environment for personal and social growth, resulting in responsible, confident, caring and productive human beings.


Integrity, responsibility, compassion, respect, cooperation and understanding.


A harmonious multicultural community where every person has the opportunity to develop one’s full potential, enabling one to contribute positively to the society at large.


Associação Kadara Capoeira believes in applying capoeira and other Brazilian art forms as means for people to have physical, intellectual, emotional and social development, in an environment of tolerance, togetherness, interaction and respect as well as appreciation for one another.

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Capoeira is a unique Afro Brazilian martial art that incorporates both attack and defensive moves, acrobatics, music, dance, and graceful fluid movements.

Capoeira improves general strength, flexibility, coordination, cardiovascular endurance, balance and overall health and fitness.

As Mestre Cicatriz puts it “Capoeira is not just a sport, it is an art form, a culture and an educational activity”. In many Brazilian schools it is a compulsory discipline, which develops students not only in the physical but also in the intellectual sense. On the physical side, Capoeira has the potential to:

  • Increase agility
  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Increase flexibility and mobility, strengthen tendons, ligaments and bones
  • Strengthen and define the entire musculature
  • Increase power and general physical resistance
  • Discipline respiration
  • Increase the speed of reflexes
  • Preaches a free and equal existence of the peoples of the world and is based on the principles of fairness, respect, responsibility and freedom
  • Fine-tunes concentration
  • Increases self-confidence
  • Practices self-control and tames impulsive behaviour
  • Teaches self-respect and respect for others
  • Encourages creativity and an individualistic expression through music and movement
  • Teaches the history and culture of Brazil
  • Improve posture From the intellectual and psychological point of view, Capoeira
  • Enables players to see their own progression and achievements through time


KADARA CAPOEIRA PHILIPPINES is a branch under Kadara Capoeira International that is responsible for the proper promotion and education of the art of Capoeira in the Philippines. Kadara Philippines is headed by Leao (Joseph Pagulayan) who reports directly under Mestre Cicatriz. The local branch is responsible for running classes, workshops, promotional efforts, and demonstration performances.




Mon/Wed 08:30pm
Saturday 02:30pm
Tuesday / Thursday 07:30pm
Saturday 02:30pm
Thursday 08:00pm
Saturday 11:00am
Monday / Wednesday 07:30pm


Saturday 07:00am
Saturday 10:00am

Grading System


“When asked about the cord graduation system of capoeira I often find to best describe the process the way I beleive my Mestre, Mestre Cicatriz views capoeira in general. Graduation or elevation is not as a means of merely determining rank, position, skill superiority, or enforcing the power over lower level students, but rather I view all cords as the colors painted by a capoeiristas long journey in the art and accumulation of experiences. It is all about the years of struggle, the years of confusion and years of resolve, it is about how you made your capoeira practice a priority or suddenly waking up one day finding yourself a totally different person. I never saw cordas as a means to an end but rather i say that they are multiple cycles in a capoeristas life much like waking up in the morning and doing something productive and which you're passionate about and at the end of the day you anticipate repeating this constant cycle of self-discovery and self-improvement leading to further maturity and a deeper appreciation and respect for life and everyone you share it with.” --- Leao


Crua After learning the ginga and developing an understanding of how to esquiva correctly, the initiate starts with a raw colorless corda and officially accepted to be part of the group.
Crua Amarela Now the initiate is considered as a student, they will be rewarded with a fraction of amarela on their corda. During this time the student must develop the basics of Capoeira.
Amarela The student has now achieved a pure amarela corda. The color amarela is symbolic of gold, which represents the student's achievement of developing a solid base in Capoeira.

Laranja Crua The combinations of these colours represent both the students next graduation in capoeira and also their first Corda Crua, as a reminder that sometimes you need to look to the past to move to the future.

Laranja amarela The student after developing a solid base in the game of Capoeira now aims to develop themselves further by improving on their musical abilities as well as their abilities in the roda.

Laranja The color laranja is symbolic of the rising sun beginning its quest for knowledge. The student now demonstrates a solid base in both musicas de Capoeira and Capoeira itself.

Azul Crua The combinations of these colours represent the students next graduation in capoeira and also their first Corda Crua, as a reminder that sometimes you need to look to the past to move to the future.

Azul laranja The graduated student must now look to further their abilities. In order to graduate further the capoeirista must learn to sing & play all instruments while further developing their skills in the roda.

Graduado Azul The color Blue is symbolic of the water of the ocean, it's unknown depths and movements. Learning to balance with the tides, waves & undertows. This corda is awarded when a capoeirista can demonstrate their ability not only in the roda, but also their ability to sing while playing all instruments and controlling a roda. The capoeirista is no longer thought of as a student but considered a graduate.

Azul Verde The graduate continues to train all aspects of Capoeira, learning more about philosophy and history, improving on music while working towards a more advanced game of Capoeira.

Verde The color verde is symbolic of the forests and vegetations which provide oxygen for all to survive. As the graduate matures the focus begins to be moved away from the individual and onto the group. The graduate welcomes responsibilities and maintains his/her quest for improvement as a capoeirista.

Monitor Verde Roxa While seeking new knowledge to complement his/her teaching skills, the graduate must achieve an advanced standard of game play before advancing to the next graduation.

Instrutor Roxa Symbolic of Dusk, the purple sky of the setting sun. A change of focus from oneself to the grupo. At this stage in the journey the capoeirista is awarded the title Instructor. The capoeirista is now someone who not only is accomplished in the roda, but also has great knowledge of Capoeira history, philosophy and tradition which he can competently pass onto other capoeiristas.

Roxa Marrom During this stage the instructor must continue developing his skills including teaching. He must have a very strong game incorporating malicia (deviousness), floreio (embellishment) and o eostilo de grupo (the style of the group) before graduating further.

Professor Marrom The color marrom is symbolic of the soil of the earth and the source of life which the earth provides for its inhabitants to survive. The capoeirista is now very experienced in all aspects of Capoeira. At this stage the capoeirista is a strong teacher and can match any style of game that they may encounter in the roda. The Professor is capable of organising events and assists in the running of the group where possible.

Mestrando Marrom Vermelha At this stage of the journey the capoeirista looks to make his Capoeira more complete. Fixing any little weaknesses, the Contra Mestre stage is a period of fine-tuning. The Contra Mestre stands second only to the Mestre and thus commands such respect. As second in charge, the Contra Mestre intricately understands the group's strengths and weaknesses and has the ability to run the group without any supervision.

Mestre 1º - Vermelha The color of blood. Symbolic of the blood shed by the slaves from which this journey of Capoeira was started. Through this cruel oppression of the slaves this beautiful art form was born. Not only symbolic of the bloodshed of the past, it also relates to the blood that flows through us all. The color vermelha represents an understanding of all mankind and its nature and diversity. This stage is the pinnacle of the physical aspect of Capoeira. Through years of dedication, the capoeirista has successfully moved through all the stages of Capoeira. A former student, Instrutor & Professor the Mestre has experienced it all and has overcome many obstacles to achieve this graduation. The Mestre develops to the full potential all his skills and becomes capable of representing the ideals of the whole group in an honest and impartial manner.

2º - Vermelha Branca The Mestre has now matured and with age seeks a new balance between the physical and philosophical sides of Capoeira. This stage of transition sees the end of the physical era and looks towards the future where the mind is the stronger than the body.

3º - Branca Symbolic of the color of the diamond. Branca is the highest and most revered corda of all capoeiristas. To graduate to this stage the capoeirista has dedicated a whole life time to Capoeira and has indeed become a part of Capoeira itself. The Grande Mestre now has achieved all there is to achieve in Capoeira and remains a source of inspiration to all of his students and capoeiristas alike.

Meet our Mestre

(Founder/President of Kadara Capoeira):

He is the mestre of Associação Kadara Capoeira. With more than 30 years of capoeira, he has visited many countries to spread the art. For his students, he is a strict but also patient teacher, who pushes his students to be their best. For the teachers and students in Kadara Capoeira, he is more than a mestre. He is also a father figure, a brother, a true friend. He is indeed a person with integrity who leads with compassion, who seeks to contribute for a better world through the art of capoeira.

Capoeira entered my life even before I entered the world. I, Alessandro Gomes de Reis, was born in November 1974 but those close to me say that the tiny Mestre (Master) Cicatriz was doing ginga in the womb long before that. I can’t remember that far back, but I probably enjoyed the echoes of the atabaque and the berimbau just as much as my pregnant mother’s habit of watching rodas that my older brother participated.

Capoeira has always been part of my life. My obsession with the sport turned into an addiction in 1982, when I was eight years old. Seeing my older brothers arrive home, sweaty and exhausted, made me realize that Capoeira was not only a physical challenge but a psychological one as well. It not only disciplined my brothers to survive the most dangerous of rodas, but to survive the great roda of life and fight for their own place in this world. It gave them a second family, friends and positive role models to look up to. This social aspect and unity is what I value in Capoeira. Many people do not realize it, but Capoeira does not limit itself to kicks and esquivas. It’s not just a fight, a simple dance or a martial art pretty to see. Capoeira is all this and much more. It’s a psychological discipline, a philosophy, a physical challenge and a social encounter. Its teachings, if used with good intentions, can be applied to many aspects of life.

My success in Capoeira has much to do with the support I have received from those closest to me. This of course refers to my Master who has been there for me from the beginning till this very day. Mestre Lotar has had a double dose of me – both as a student and as an annoying child who imposed himself as a permanent visitor in his house. Considering him a fatherly figure after the loss of my own father, I feasted, slept, played and trained under the roof of Mestre Lotar and without fail, I put up a fight when my mother came to reclaim her son and drag him home.

As an adolescent I found myself on the streets of Rio parading the new bike that my father had given me. It represented the fruit of my father’s labour and therefore I decided it was worth my life. As it was, I was assaulted by two hooligans who, unable to release my grip of the bike, thought it might help to cut my chest open with a knife. Well it did help: the blood scared them away while I tightened my grip on the toy. The fact that my intestines were on display was of no importance. The fact I had not lost my bike, was. And so I went home fearing nothing but my father’s condolence of my foolish bravery. I therefore decided to hide the blood cascading from my chest under a white sheet and sleep the night away. I don’t give in. You can hurt me, but I know that the pain will go and the wounds will scar – that’s why I am Mestre Cicatriz!

My life’s worth of experience in Capoeira has led me to Paraguay, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile and the United States. I have queixadad the Caribbean, exchanged the ginga for sushi in Japan and finally came to settle down in Australia, where I continue to learn through my teaching. In all honesty, I believe I will never stop being a student – there will always be something else to conquer. Capoeira is not a picture that you can finish with one stroke of the paintbrush, hang up on the wall and admire for years on end. Capoeira is an art that needs to be retouched and perfected continuously. It is an ever-evolving phenomenon for the perfection of which even a lifetime is insufficient.

One of the self-set challenges which I really want to accomplish is to share my love and knowledge of Capoeira with the world. I want others to experience the adrenalin, the pride, the fear, the joy, the strife, the highs, the lows, the suffering and the well being that Capoeira has brought into my life and I want them to become better people because of it. It is a great challenge but one that we can achieve together with the students and the community.

After more than 30 years in the art of Capoeira, I decided it is time for me to found my own group, where I can apply my philosophy in spreading this art all over the world. I hope to gather people with the same values in life that I adhere to and the same objectives that I set for the group. This is a new journey for me and for Kadara Capoeira, a journey with clear vision and values, as well as clear objectives that we in Kadara Capoeira strive to achieve.

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