Mestres

Mestre Roxinho

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Edielson da Silva Miranda, known as Mestre Roxinho, was born in 1969 in Ilha de Veracruz, Bahia. After some years he moved to Salvador and was initiated into the world of Capoeira Angola in 1979 at the Academia de Capoeira Angola 1˚ de Maio with Mestre Virgilio.

In 2002, Mestre Virgilio gave him the title of Mestre. In 2006, Mestre Roxinho immigrated to Australia and established his school, Escola de Capoeira Angola Mato Rasteiro (ECAMAR), in Sydney and became the first Master of Capoeira Angola from Bahia to have established a school of Capoeira Angola in Australia.

Mestre Roxinho is also the founder of “Project Bantu”; a program which was established in 1998 in Brazil under the name of “Projeto Ere-Menino vem Gingar”. Project Bantu uses Capoeira Angola as a tool to engage marginalised youth and as a result to bring about positive social outcomes. The program is now run in Australia and the Asia-Pacific area.

Mestre Virgilio

Mestre Virgílio began Capoeira Angola between 9 and 10 years of age in the neighbourhood of Jaqueira do Carneiro, where he visited his father Elisio, known as Espinho Remoso, an excellent Capoeirista who introduced the young Virgílio to train directly with older Capoeiristas such as Diogo, Fúlor and Florzinho among others.

After some time training, he began to frequent the academy of Mestre Caiçara on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for three years – coming and going on foot- after many roads and hard training he earned his first recognition as Contra Mestre. With time, Virgílio also began to visit the Roda of Mestre Waldemar e Pastinha.

At the same time, he began to teach in Fazenda Grande on a spare bit of land next to his house and introduced Capoeira Angola to the neighbourhood with the famous Sunday Roda where hundreds of Capoeiristas passed by, among them: Mario Bom Cabrito, Waldemar, Paulo dos Anjos, Diogo, Zé do Lenço, Bobo, Lua de Bobo, Canjiquinha, Limao, Brandao, Curio, Boca Rica, Joao Grande, Pele da Bomba, Um por Um, Jorge Satelite and many others. After a while his ability was acknowledged and he was started to be called Mestre, a merit people thought was well earned.

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