Code of Conduct

As a school, we pledge to provide a space that is fair, equitable, safe, and challenging while honoring our art form and pushing it to evolve in a way that is not just tolerant, but inclusive for all.

The following is non negotiable: 

I agree to treat all participants (students/teachers/observers) with respect. This means I will not carry out any form of discrimination or harassment based on gender, race, mental and physical ability, cord level, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical appearance, political views, or economic condition.  

  • Examples of harassment (intentional or unintended) include, but are not limited to: 
  • Comments, jokes, innuendos, looks, gestures or taunts that are derogatory, sexist, sexually suggestive or obscene;
  • Unsolicited and unwelcome sexual advances, propositions, or favoritism;
  • Posting, sending, or otherwise sharing sexual or demeaning images; 
  • Harassing photography, recording, and filming; 
  • Inappropriate or invasive physical contact with the intention to intimidate or harass;
  • Retaliation or repetition of harassment following repeated advances or in return of a complaint filed;
  • Assault or any other unlawful behavior

In addition, here is our request as you enter our community space: 

Capoeira is a community like any other, where participants bring their conditioning and implicit biases into their training, school, and possibly teaching.  As a community space, we at Capoeira Brasil East Bay are having conversations about what biases we bring to our own classes and to our interactions with the broader community as we train and play with others. Our request is that you join us in reflecting on how to make capoeira more inclusive. 

Here are some examples of the ideas and questions we are thinking about: 

  1. What implicit biases do I bring? (race, gender, cord, ability, age, culture, etc.)
  2. What is my responsibility as a teacher? As a community member or student?
  3. How do power dynamics affect me and my place in capoeira? 
  4. What historical conditioning do I bring into capoeira without questioning?
  5. How do we address and resolve conflict within our community?

In Conclusion

We expect all participants — attendees, teachers, sponsors, and volunteers — to follow the Code of Conduct during all events and classes. This includes event-related social events at off-site locations, and in related online communities and social media. 

Please bring any concerns to the immediate attention of Instrutoras Foquinha or Borracha, or submit a complaint (either signed or anonymously) on our website at Complaints will be dealt with on a case by case basis, but could result in the violator’s right to participation being revoked and payment forfeited.

We thank our participants for your help in keeping our space welcoming, respectful, and friendly to all participants.