Grande Mestre No

Grande Mestre No
Grande Mestre No

My name is Norival Moreira de Oliveira. I was given the name by my brother, the name of Nô and this was confirmed by my masters of Capoeira, as it was difficult for them to say Norival, and so Nô was much better.

 

In 1964, at 19 years old, I began to teach Capoeira, and opened my first academy. It was called Academia De Capoeira Angola Retintos. In 1969, I created the Acadamia de Capoeira Angola Orixas da Bahia and in the twentieth of November of 1979, founded the Grupo de Capoeira Angola Palmares da Bahia. Today, it is the Associacao Cultural Brazileira de Capoeira Angola Palmares.

 

I have learned much in this long time, continue learning and will die learning about the fundamentals of Capoeira. It is difficult to speak like this, in little time; there are many things to say. All the fundamentals are directed for a larger roda than a roda of Capoeira; the roda is called life that is our day in day out, where no one belongs to no one, where everyone is their own. What we put into the roda we put into life.

 

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Mestre Gulliver

Mestre Gulliver
Mestre Gulliver

Paulo Aires,"Mestre Gulliver", was born in Rio Grande do Sul. He is an accomplished Artist of Capoeira who has been training in the art for over thirty years. He has been invited to Capoeira events and performances throughout the U.S. and Brazil. He is currently teaching the art of Capoeira Angola in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. He has been teaching Capoeira to adults and children for the past eighteen years and is certified master of the art of Capoeira Angola under Grand Master No, of Grupo Capoeira Angola Palmares. He moved to New York in 2001 in order to promote and make accessible the teachings and traditions of the art of Capoeira Angola. Today, Mestre Gulliver promotes the art by working with cultural, community, and social centers.

 

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Esquilo Cinza

Esquilo Cinza (David Allison)
Esquilo Cinza (David Allison)

Esquilo Cinza (David Allison) started studying and playing Capoeira in Portland Oregon in 1992 under Mark Verna. In 1998 Esquilo (David) was asked to teach adults for Capoeira Angola Palmares and create a formal study group as one of three local facilitators. He joined Grupo Capoeira Angola Palmares to deepen his understanding of intermediate game play. For many years Esquilo taught a beginner class for Portland Community College and the Park Rose Sun Community High School evening program. During this time, Esquilo also lead the Capoeira Angola Club at Portland State University and the study group for Grupo Capoeira Angola Palmares. Esquilo is noted for his patient yet thorough teaching style. He trains and teaches under the guidance of Grande Mestre No & Mestre Gulliver.