In April Capoeira Pasifika Mandinga will be hosting a series of
workshops and a capoeira event that will feature two renowned capoeira
masters, Mestre Jogo de Dentro and Mestre Marcelo Caveirinha.
Mestre Jogo de Dentro is an active promoter of traditional Capoeira de
Angola (a form of capoeira). He began practicing the art in 1982 at a
renowned academy in the state of Bahia, Brazil. Central to his work is
maintaining the traditions of capoeira. He formed a group in Bahia
Semente do Jogo de Angola in 1990 which has since led to the formation
of groups in two other Brazilian states as well as Canada and
Switzerland. His view is that this Afro-Brazilian cultural expression
should not be practised as something distant and static but as something
living, relevant and able to be practised by everyone.
Marcelo is a great capoeirista, a great person and an excellent teacher. He is the mestre of our parent school Capoeira Mandinga which has many branches in the US and around the world including here, Aotearoa/New Zealand. Marcelo offers a broad and articulate understanding of capoeira from his own Brazilian background and his experience of teaching capoeira outside Brazil. Marcelo has taught in the US for over 15 years and has had to consider local cultural expressions which influences capoeira there while maintaining what is at the heart his capoeira: his Brazilian roots. Marcelo knows that it is essential to nurture diversity. To this end he has alsways had a keen skill in developing a student�s own capoeira and at the same time kept strong ties with different capoeira practices and groups.