Founding Mestres

Founding Mestres Our group practices a style of Capoeira known as Capoeira Regional Contemporânea, derived from the movements and sequences defined by Mestre Bimba. Capoeira Brasil schools around the world strive to maintain the integrity of the art, as well as support its evolution.

On January 14th, 1989 in Rio de Janeiro, Grupo Capoeira Brasil was founded by Mestres Boneco, Paulão,and Paulinho Sabiá. The inauguration, sponsored by a council of legendary mestres from various organizations, began an amazing Capoeira dynasty, which today is one of the largest in the world. The "padrinhos" or godfathers of Grupo Capoeira Brasil include Mestres Suassuna, Itapoan, Peixinho, and the late Ezekiel.

Since its founding, Grupo Capoeira Brasil has grown internationally with centers and academies in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Tempe, Boston, Durham, Ensenada (MX), Amsterdam, Sydney & Townsville (AUS), Paris, Marseille, Budapest, Brussels, Mount Maunganui (NZ), New Caledonia, Hong Kong, and all over Brazil.

Founders of Grupo Capoeira Brasil:

  • Mestre Boneco (Rio de Janeiro - Los Angeles)
  • Mestre Paulinho Sabiá (Niteroi/Paris)
  • Mestre Paulão (Ceara/Amsterdam)

Professor Uakari with Mestre Boneco at the Townsville Capoeira Festival 2010

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