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Tradição literally translates to the english word "tradition."
A more in depth translation of this as it relates to capoeira becomes tricky very quickly.
The first thing is that both Mestre Acordeon and Mestre Rã have said multiple times over the years that what traditions we do see in capoeira are recent. The idea of there being long standing traditions going back over capoeira's whole history is unfortunately a bit romantic. We don't even know with certainty, for example, when or how the berimbau became part of capoeira.
What we can intelligently say is that tradition for ourselves is what our mestres do, and what their mestre(s) did/do. And perhaps a little farther back if you can trace your lineage back further than two generations.
Just as there is no one way to play capoeira, there is no one way to teach it, to run a roda, to sing, to dress, etc. The things that may appear to be traditional are also just as likely to be idiosyncrasies of a particular group or teacher.
So tradition, in a capoeira sense, is something that we are helping to create today. Mestre Acordeon says that capoeira is all of us.