Instrutor Mucuiú was born in Belém do Pará, in the north of Brazil and grew up in Rio de Janeiro. He has always been practicing sports: judo, swimming, Brazilian Ju-jitsu. He has a black belt in judo and has competed in many tournaments.

His first contact with Capoeira was in 1985 with Mestre Caio in Rio de Janeiro. In 1989, he began studying with Mestre Camisa and has been training with him ever since.

In the summer of 1990, Mucuiú came to the U.S. In New York, he has been training with Mestranda Edna Lima and Professor Bom Jesus. Mucuiú has been a featured Capoeira performer with several important American and international dance companies. He has performed with Samba Nova at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and with Roots of Brazil at Yale University.

Instrutor Mucuiú travels frequently to Brazil to attend capoeira workshops and competitions, and at the ABADÁ Capoeira Brazilian Games in 2002, he won the prize for “Best Purple Cord”.

In September 2003, Instrutor Mucuiú opened “Arte Capoeira Center”, NYC’s first studio specialized in capoeira regional and Brazilian performing arts. The Arte Capoeira Center and Mucuiú have been featured in local and international publications, as well as in the popular TV program “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”.