The ideas behind and beyond the game of capoeira

From the beginning, Mestre Camisa’s vision for ABADÁ-Capoeira has been to uphold traditions while adapting to society’s changes. To this end, our association strives to improve and promote capoeira, allowing it to reach its full potential as an internationally respected art, while maintaining its dignity, character, history, and traditions.

ABADÁ-Capoeira prides itself on the originality and constant refinement of its style of Capoeira. By incorporating elements of both Capoeira Regional and Capoeira Angola, ABADÁ-Capoeira embraces the modernizing innovations of the legendary 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.

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 the ancient art. At the same time, ABADÁ-Capoeira is committed to the relentless 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.

ABADÁ-Capoeira uses capoeira as an effective vehicle for social integration and stimulating individual growth. It’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 often become involved in the larger capoeira community in Brazil and throughout the world. The organization is driven by the life-long commitments of Mestre Camisa, his brother Grão Mestre Camisa Roxa, and the eleven highestranked ABADÁ-Capoeira artists who have achieved the level of “Mestre” or “Mestrando/a.” Today, ABADÁ-Capoeira is the largest and most successful Capoeira group in the world and is represented in four continents and throughout Brazil.