Capoeira Batuque is a group that is committed to the study and research of all aspects of capoeira without judging or excluding any particular style. We believe that it is extremely important to have a broader understanding of this art form as a whole. In training and respecting different styles of Capoeira, we aim to increase our vocabulary to be able to participate in any roda. Some capoeira practitioners believe that people should stick with one style, however, this seems to come from more of a political view point, more so than one of capability. So when people ask us what our style is, we can simple reply, Capoeira. We strongly believe Capoeira can and should be used as a tool to empower others, without so much emphasis on style. [more…]
A native of Salvador Bahia, Mestre Amen Santo is a recognized Mestre de Capoeira, master drummer, and is the Artistic Director of the Brasil Brasil Cultural Center. He began his artistic career under the guidance of Mestre Waldemar and Mestre Avila in Liberdade, Bahia, Brazil. His was mentored as a performer by Negão de Doni (percussion) and Emilia Biancardi (dance) and toured internationally as a member of Brazil’s historic premiere folk ensemble Viva Bahia.
In 1989, he founded the Brasil Brasil Cultural Center that serves as the home base for a professional touring ensemble (the Ballet Folclòricodo Brasil) and the internationally [more…]
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ca to Ethiopian parents, Muito Tempo’s first experience with Capoeira was at the age of 8. He saw a performance at the African Market Place festival by Mestre Amen and already knew that one day he would train Capoeira. Training Tang Soo Do from age 7 to 14, he took his first few months of Capoeira when he was 11, as part of a program in his elementary school. When he turned 15 he decided to start capoeira again, and since then, never stopped. Even when Mestre Amen didn’t know his name for the first 2 years and called him Ricardo at a show, where he brought school friends, he continued. Helping out with the kids program and performing at a young age really helped his growth [more…]