Mestre Barrão

Marcos da Silva, Mestre Barrão was born in the port city of Recife, on the North East coast of Brazil. Recife is renowned for its Brazilian music and dance, and its long Capoeira tradition. In 1974, Marcos began studying Capoeira with Mestre Pirajá. While learning the foundations of the art, he showed an affinity for the drums and other instru...

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Mestrando Barraozinho

Marcus Aurelio (Lelo), Mestrando Barraozinho was born in the city of Recife in the northeast of Brazil. He began training Capoeira at the age of three with his father Mestre Barrão, whom he accompanied to his classes, Capoeira events and street rodas. Mestrando Barraozinho’s passion for Capoeira has lead him to focus on nothing but his studies a...

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Contra Mestre Osso Duro

Marcus Vinicios, also known as Contra Mestre Osso Duro, was born in Recife Pernambuco, Brazil. He began training Capoeira at the age of four, under the supervision of his father, Mestre Barrão. He remained in Brazil until the age of ten and then made the move to Vancouver, B.C. Canada. He continued to train diligently and also participated in show...

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Vancouver Team


Instrutor Polvo

Kenneth ‘Intrutor Polvo’ Clarke has been training, teaching and performing with Axé Capoeira for over 15 years. He is a current Axé Capoeira Performance Team leader, and a In School Programs Leader with over 1000 shows and 100 school programs successfully completed. Polvo travels to Brazil annually and has competed in numerous Capoeira events...

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Instrutor Doido

Michael “Doido” Yorke was born in North Vancouver, B.C. Canada and began training Capoeira in 2000 with Mestre Barrão. He first saw Axé Capoeira on Much Music, a Canadian music television show, and was instantly drawn to Capoeira. He noticed the academy was in Vancouver but was unable to get the address before the show ended. Luckily, Axé C...

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Graduada Mumia

Julie “Mumia” Ali was born in Burnaby, B.C. and now resides in Vancouver. She saw an Axé Capoeira demonstration at BCIT in 2003, and immediately fell in love with the combination of music, movement and martial arts. She joined Axé Capoeira and began taking classes in the Spring of 2004. Training under the supervision and mentorship of Prof...

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Graduada Chica

Chika “Chica” moved from Tokyo, Japan to Vancouver, Canada in 2005 to train for Capoeira and Afro-Brazilian Dance at Axé Capoeira’s Vancouver Academy. She has traveled to Brazil, Kansas City, Phoenix, Seattle, Toronto, Calgary, Victoria to participate in workshops and perform in events. She has also performed at many local shows, demonstr...

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Graduada Mulher Maravilha

GRADUADA MULHER MARAVILHA Lori Evans Maciel, also known as Graduada Mulher Maravilha, has been training with Axé Capoeira for over 16 years. Lori trained directly under Mestre Barrão for approximately 5 years, at Vancouver’s headquarters, until he moved back to Brazil. After this she remained training under Mestrando Barrãozinho and Contra-...

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