ABADÁ Capoeira strives for originality and the constant refinement of capoeira. By incorporating elements of both capoeira regional and capoeira angola, ABADÁ Capoeira embraces the modernizing innovations of the Mestre Bimba without losing sight of capoeira’s history and philosophy. Today, the group is renown for its efficiency, aesthetics, historical richness and cultural relevance.

Mestre Camisa & Mestre Joao Grande, two capoeira legends at the Arte Capoeira Center

Mestre Camisa & Mestre Joao Grande, two capoeira legends at the Arte Capoeira Center

ABADÁ Capoeira believes that the study of capoeira involves dedication to the various aspects of the art. The group promotes the awareness of and respect for capoeira’s rich history and seeks to preserve and recover the games, rhythms, and instruments that have contributed to the life of this ancient art. At the same time, ABADÁ Capoeira is committed to the pursuit of technical mastery of the physical elements of capoeira. The group’s technique’s are constantly being refined to improve efficiency and prevent injury. The group encourages individual competency and knowledge of the music and instruments of capoeira.

MestreCamisa Capoeira is also as an effective vehicle for social integration and for stimulating individual growth. ABADÁ Capoeira’s teaching methods seek to challenge and support students; it is rooted in the belief that encouragement and positive role modeling enable capoeira to enrich the lives of all students, regardless of skill level or background. Through its teachings, ABADÁ Capoeira provides students with leadership skills and tools to develop into competent professionals.

Participants are involved in the larger capoeira community in Brazil and throughout the world thanks to special events in the USA and abroad. The organization is driven by the life-long commitments of Mestre Camisa, his brother Grão Mestre Camisa Roxa, and the  ABADÁ Capoeira artists who have brought capoeira in cities, countries, schools and gyms around the world.

Today, ABADÁ Capoeira is the largest and most successful capoeira group in the world and is represented in four continents and throughout Brazil.