The Capoeira lineage of our group
Manuel Dos Reis Machado (Bimba) was born in 1900 in Salvador, Brazil. He is the father of a Capoeira style called Regional. Although Capoeira was outlawed at the time, Mestre Bimba made sure to keep practicing and demonstrating the art to keep Capoeira alive. After a performance for the governor of Bahia and the president of Brazil, Bimba was not punished but instead received the approval to open the first recognized, legal school of Capoeira. Mestre Bimba almost single-handedly pulled Capoeira from the low regarded street fight of delinquents and empowered people developing Capoeira into a respected form of martial art. With his new method, moves, emphasis on athleticism and rigorous teaching Capoeira has been officially recognized as the national sport of Brazil, and has spread all over the world. Mestre Bimba died in 1974 but his systemization and teachings of Capoeira have made a tremendous contribution to the Capoeira community, and his methods are taught until today.
Vincente Joaquim Ferreira Pastinha was born on 1889 in Salvador. Pastinha is known as the father of traditional style Capoeira called Angola. He began learning Capoeira from an African man in his neighborhood after he noticed the young boy was being bullied by and older boy. As a young man Pastinha’s father enrolled him at The School of Sailor Apprentices were he began teaching Capoeira to his colleagues until 1912. Pastinha then stopped teaching and left Capoiera for thirty years, until 1942 when he was invited to a Roda by one of his former students. Later that year Pastinha opened the first Angola school, a center for the teaching and practice of traditional Capoeira, Mestre Pastinha is known as the philosopher of Capoeira for his great wisdom about the art and life . Because of his tireless teaching despite constant struggle with authorities, he became a pioneer of traditional Capoeira. His contribution to Capoeira lives on until today. Mestre Pastinha died in 1981. “Capoeira is for man, child and woman, the only ones who do not learn it are those who do not want to” -Mestre Pastinha
MESTRE DANIEL SELA
Reinaldo Ramos Suassuna was born in the 1938 in Salvador, Brazil. He started Capoeira with Mestre Surusu but later carried with Mestre Pastinha, Mestre Bimba, and others. Suassuna moved to Sao Paulo in 1965 and became one of the pioneers of Capoeira in the region. Along with Mestre Brasilia, Suassuna formed the Cordao De Ouro (golden cord) Capoeira group in 1967. Mestre Suassuna is a world renowned respected Mestre because of powerful voice and admirable and influential musicality, along with his unique teaching and excellence in the art. Mestre Suassuna has thousands of students who spread his teachings and methods all over the globe from Brazil, United States, and all over Europe. His exceptional talent and generosity continue to influence the Capoeira community. Mestre Suassuna continues to help preserve traditional Capoeira values along with endless developments in the art.
Timor Klinghofer was born in 1979 in Jamaica. He began Capoeira in his teens with Mestre Edan in Israel and immediately knew that this is what he wanted to do professionally. Mestre Cueca opened his academy and began teaching the next generation of Capoeiristas. He is one of the pioneers of Capoeira in Israel for over twenty years, remarkable in his innovation, physical and intellectual accomplishments. Today Mestre Cueca has his own students teaching in Israel, Italy, India, Russia, Canada and the United States. He represents the Israeli Center for Capoeira all over the world , traveling and continuing to educate children and adults about the art of Capoeira.
GRANDE MESTRE EDAN
Grande Mestre Edan Harari was born in the 1970’s in Israel. Edan began Capoeira in 1992, after his military service with Daniel Sela who introduced Capoeira to Israel. Edan quickly understood that he had found a new way of life, fell in love with Capoeira and began the journey that led him to founding the Israeli Centre For Capoeira. He opened his first academy in Raanana, but very quickly expanded and began opening academies in various cities all over the country. Today, Mestre Edan has almost ten-thousand students, many of which, with his help and guidance, have opened their own academies. He has profoundly influenced the development of Capoeira and various teaching methods for children as well as adults. In his 40's, Grande Mestre Edan is the highest ranking Mestre in Israel.
Vadim Podosyan Was born in 1990 in Russia. at the age of 3 he and his family moved to Israel where he grew up and lived until the age of 18. He was initially introduced to Capoeira by a friend of the family who recommended it to Vadim. After the first class, Vadim was hooked and immidiately signed up to train. At the age of 13 he started training with Mestre Cueca in Petah Tiqva, Israel. As time passed by and Vadim continued his training, he continued to fell in love more and more with this unique art. Its music, culture, philosophy and way of life made Vadim realize that this is what he wants to do for the rest of his life.