This Saturday, October 6, at 2:30 p.m., Capoeira Sul da Bahia will hold its annual Batizado at the Carrillo Rec. Center (100 E. Carrillo St.) as part of a special week of workshops. A batizado (baptism) is the annual initiation/promotion ceremony for capoeira students. This year, approximately 30 adults and children from Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Ojai will participate, including 20 low-income children from Santa Barbara’s People’s Self-Help Housing Corporation-these children study capoeira throughout the year for free, under S.B. Capoeira Sul da Bahia’s Professor Chin, learning self-discipline, respect, and physical coordination. Also, this year will feature appearances by the founder of Capoeira Sul da Bahia, Mestre Railson of Arraial d’Ajuda, Brazil, considered one of the best in the world. Several other world-renowned mestres and instructors, as well as more than 50 area capoeira students, will present an afternoon of Brazilian music, culture, and martial arts. The event is open to the public. For info, visit


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