Grupo Negaça (ne-ga-sa) Capoeira, founded on 3rd March 2005 by Mestre Chitãozinho and his students, is dedicated to stimulating the practical, cultural and intellectual development of capoeira. Grupo Negaça Capoeira functions in 10 cities in the northeast of Brazil. In July 2008 Mestre Chitãozinho brought Grupo Negaça Capoeira to England.
The philosophy of Grupo Negaça Capoeira is rooted in the philosophies of the great capoeira masters - Grande-mestres - of the past, and some of the present day. Master Chitãozinho has drawn on those philosophies that looked to preserve the cultural, historical, and spiritual traditions of capoeira. These philosophies serve to guide and help capoeiristas within the roda-de-capoeira and also in their everyday lives. The philosophy of Grupo Negaça Capoeira embraces the following principles. They are not strict guidelines, but rather some suggestions that form the underlying ideologies of Grupo Negaça Capoeira's philosophy:
Like many capoeira groups, Negaça Capoeira has a grading system that is represented by wearing coloured belts around the waist and which hang to the left at knee level. The grades for 13 year olds + work as follows:
Batizado Student - 1 year
Intermediate Student - 2 years
Advanced Student - 3 years
Graduate Student - 4 years minimum
Monitor - 5 years min.
Instrutor - 7 years min.
Professor - 10 years min.
Contramestre - 15 years min.
Mestre - 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade - 20, 25 and 30 years
Children under the age of 13 have the following grade system: