Jogo de Bamba

Toronto - Ontario - Canada



1st Place in ABSOLUTO
1 Atabaque (retail $1000)
2nd Place in ABSOLUTO
1 Berimbau (retail $150)
3rd Place in ABSOLUTO
1 Pandeiro (retail $100)

1st Place in ALL Categories
1 JDBII Trophy
2nd Place in ALL Categories
1 JDBII Silver Medal
3rd Place in ALL Categories
1 JDBII Bronze Medal

How are games judged?


Contestants will be judged on their style, technique, agility, creativity and dominance in the game.

Rounds – Games

  • All competitors will play one game of regional per round
  • Each game will be 1 minute in length
  • In the event of a tie, contestants will play for an additional 45 seconds
  • The winner of each round will proceed to the next level of the competition. The losing competitor will be eliminated.

Rounds – Solos

  • Each competitor will have up to 1 minute to perform a solo

Rounds – Absoluto

  • All competitors who place 1st in all Adult categories will be invited to participate in the Absoluto category
  • Participation is by qualification ONLY and is optional
  • There will be 2  rounds of Rodas for 5-7 minutes each.
  • 1 Roda will be Regional and the other Benguela


  • All contestants must wear their schools official uniform
  • All contestants will wear an competition number
  • All contestants will wear a small colored flag by their belt while competing


  • Three judges will determine the winner of each round
  • Judging is based on a three point system, each judge will have one point to award after the completion of the round

Judging – Games

  • Judges may award the point to either contestant (red or blue flag) or to a tie
  • A referee will be present before, during and after the game, and will raise the hand of the winner, as determined by the judges

Judging – Solos

  • Competitors will be judged on their floreios, sequences, smoothness, style, creativity and volume of moves.

Judging – Absoluto

  • Competitors will be judged based on their Roda presence; singing, games, style, roda control, and overall presence in the Roda.

All contestants must abide by the following rules:

  • Obey the referee at all times
  • Enter the Roda with a Capoeira floreio
  • Maintain the Ginga at all times in the game
  • No grappling once on the floor
  • No punching, hair pulling or kicks to the groin
  • No eye gouging, no small joint manipulation
  • Maintain good sportsmanship at all times
  • Shake opponent’s hand before and after the game

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