Class Schedule

Adults:
Monday 6:30 – 8:00pm (beginner)
Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30pm music
Tuesday 7:30 – 8:45pm capoeira
Thursday 6:00 – 7:00pm music
Thursday 7:00 – 8:15pm capoeira
Saturday 11:00am – 12:30pm capoeira
Kids:
Tuesday 5:30 to 6:30pm
Thursday 5:00 to 6:00pm
Saturday 10:00 to 11:00am

Class Schedule

Adults:
Monday 6:30 – 8:00pm (beginner)
Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30pm music
Tuesday 7:30 – 8:45pm capoeira
Thursday 6:00 – 7:00pm music
Thursday 7:00 – 8:15pm capoeira
Saturday 11:00am – 12:30pm capoeira
Kids:
Tuesday 5:30 to 6:30pm
Thursday 5:00 to 6:00pm
Saturday 10:00 to 11:00am

Class Schedule

Adults:
Monday 6:30 – 8:00pm (beginner)
Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30pm music
Tuesday 7:30 – 8:45pm capoeira
Thursday 6:00 – 7:00pm music
Thursday 7:00 – 8:15pm capoeira
Saturday 11:00am – 12:30pm capoeira
Kids:
Tuesday 5:30 to 6:30pm
Thursday 5:00 to 6:00pm
Saturday 10:00 to 11:00am

Capoeira Batuque

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.

Capoeira Batuque is not a style. This name was chosen for our organization because Mestre Amen wanted to pay homage to his African roots. This is extremely important to him because he feels as though African culture, in many cases, get’s forgotten or misrepresented in Brasil. Capoeira Batuque is dedicated to bringing people together from different ethnicities, races, religious background, and gender. We believe through Capoeira we can teach people to be compassionate towards others and learn from different cultures and experiences.

What does the word Batuque means?

Batuque has multiple meanings, but two key definitions are rhythm, and fighting style. Batuque was an African fighting style that Mestre Bimba used to create Capoeira Regional. Mestre Bimba learned this art from his father as a child, who was a champion of Batuque. Also, Batuque is an ensemble of drums and represents the action of playing.

Mestre Amen

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 renowned andlongest standing capoeira school in Southern California, Capoeira Batuque. Santo helped bring capoeira to a worldwide audience through his performance and choreography in feature films including “Only the Strong” and “Kickboxer IV.” Santo has used dance and music as platform for promoting intercultural interchange, and valorization of Latin American diversity and the African Diaspora. He has also been honored in the Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and as a pioneer by the World Sokeship Council.

Contra Mestre Muito Tempo (Phillipos Haile)

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 in the art. Over the years, Muito Tempo has been able to travel all over the world to teach, perform, and train Capoeira. In 2009 he founded Capoeira Batuque Pasadena and can never leave because he loves his students so much. Muito Tempo also works as a professional actor/stunt man and can be seen on shows such as Agents of Sheild and Sons of Anarchy.

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