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Mestre Espirrinho

In 1989 at age eight, Mestre Espirrinho began Capoeira with Mestre Zuza at his academy in Jardim Icaraí in São Paulo, Brazil. Through his interest in fighting martial arts, his brother referred him to Mestre Zuza’s academy where he trained Capoeira all his childhood and young adulthood. In the year 2000, he was graded Instrutor de Capoeira by Mestre Zuza.

Committed to dedicate his life to Capoeira right from the early years, he continued on his journey and on the 15th January 2010, he was graded Contramestre at the Capoeira annual event Capoeirando, by Mestre Mestre Suassuna. Immediately after this graduation he moved to South Africa, where he has been working with Capoeira with Contramestre Mordaça for eleven years. He has travelled to many countries giving Capoeira workshops, such as Angola, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia, France, Greece, England, Russia, Israel, USA, China, Taiwan and Peru. In his sixth year of work in South Africa, he was graded Mestre of Capoeira on the 15th January 2016 (same date as his previous grading!) at the Capoeirando annual event in Ilhéus – Bahia (Brazil). Mestre Espirrinho teaches Capoeira at UCT (University of Cape Town) and few years ago he taught brazilian rhythms at UCT's college of music. Mestre Espirrinho is a great Capoeirista as he is also a singer, musician and percussionist. He is known for his charisma and his contagious energy and attitude

Contra-Mestre Mordaça

Camila or Contramestre Mordaça as she is popularly known in Capoeira, was born in São Paulo in 1984. Her interest for Capoeira started in 1998, during the six months that she would take her cousin to Contramestre Chumbinho’s academy (a student of Mestre Zuza) in Grajaú, in southern São Paulo, Brazil. Mordaça was 14 years old.

In 2001, Contramestre Chumbinho stopped teaching Capoeira and Mordaça began training at Mestre Zuza’s academy in a neighbourhood named Bairro 28. In 2006, she began training directly at Mestre Suassuna’s academy, where she had the opportunity to meet many Capoeira mestres and travel throughout Brazil. Through many circumstances and changing jobs, the passion for Capoeira was always strongest and dictated her life paths. She started to teach children in 2002. When in 2010, her partner and then Contramestre Espirrinho had the opportunity to come work with Capoeira in South Africa, Contramestre Mordaça joined him in November of the same year. She was graded Professora of Capoeira on the 11th January 2013 at the Capoeira annual event Capoeirando in Ilhéus, Bahia (Brazil), at the first and only women's grading event by Mestre Suassuna. She has travelled to some countries giving Capoeira workshops, such as Mozambique, Malawi, France and England. Contramestre Mordaça was graded Contramestre of Capoeira on the 12th August 2017 at the Capoeira annual event Dia de Ouro in São Paulo, SP (Brazil), the event which marked the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Associação de Capoeira Cordão de Ouro. Known for her characteristic and ample caring, sense of responsibility and discipline, Contramestre Mordaça has a contagious joy on any and all around her. In response, she is cared for and greatly respected by her students who see in her not only a Capoeira teacher, but also a “mother”.

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