About Us

Capoeira is a blend of martial art, game, music and dance of Brazil. The art-form started up in Brazil during the 16th Century, a result of the slave trading that took place in conjunction with the previously slaved native Indians. Since that time, Capoeira has since transformed into an artform enjoyed by people all over the world.

Capoeira is a “game” – it is not a fight of only might and strength, but also a chess-game where you try to anticipate the moves of the other player and trap them with yours. It is a game that is enjoyed by both a beginner and a teacher, both a child and an adult. Capoeira brings people of all ages and backgrounds together – all levels and ages can form a “roda” together and share this Martial Art. The “jogo” – the game – can be a beautiful exhibition of strength and flexibility or a lightning-fast show of aggressive kicks and pure might.

About Mestrando GirinoDami

Eduardo Torres grew up in Northern California and was captivated by Capoeira in his teens. In 2000 he moved to the Tampa Bay area and started teaching the first Capoeira classes in Tampa. 2002 was an eventful year, as he opened his first academy in Tampa and was graduated as a Capoeira Professor by Mestre Acordeon and Mestre Rã. In 2006, he became Professor Graduado (Professor de 2º grau).  In the summer of 2010 Professor Girino officially became part of Grupo Maculelê, headed by Mestre Fran.  In the summer of 2015 he received his Mestrando cord in Brazil.

Mestrando Girino has traveled all over the US and Brazil to both learn and teach Capoeira, and he especially loves teaching kids.

Mestrando Girino and his students frequently participate in community, educational and cultural events, as well as outreach programs for at-risk youth and he tries to share his love of Capoeira with those around him, hoping it will inspire them to improve their lives the way it helped improved his.

About Mestre Fran

Francisco Antônio Rodrigues da Silva, better known as Mestre Fran, started practicing Capoeira at the age of 10, in São Paulo, Brasil with Ronaldo Luis de Lima, better known as Mestre Bradesco of Grupo de Capoeira Conceição da Praia.  On November 5, 1991 in the city of Londrina, Brasil, Mestre Fran founded the Associaçao Cultural de Capoeira Maculelê or Capoeira Maculelê Cultural Association.

Since 1991, Mestre Fran and Capoeira Maculelê have worked to promote an organization that values all dimensions of the human being, including the physical, moral, and spiritual. He has focused on awakening the talents of his students, elevating the awareness of society, and encouraging the practice of Capoeira as an art, fight, and a means of social, cultural, and athletic integration. Mestre Fran has taken his passion and shared it with thousands of people all over the world and, unintentionally, has created a reputation as one of the greatest Capoeira Mestres ever. Yet as a humble spirit, Mestre Fran would never take the credit. Simply, he would attribute it all to his Mestre, Mestre Bradesco, and to his Mestre’s principles to which he has never forgotten:

“To play Capoeira is to understand the history of the people that expressed its fears, dreams, and anxieties of liberty through body movement.”