History of Capoeira Mandinga
| Capoeira Mandinga is the name of a Capoeira group that has existed in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1984, when Mestre Marcelo Pereira started it under the name of Senzala Grande (The name was changed in 1995). Capoeira Mandinga also has a life as a nonprofit organization called the Capoeira Institute and as a performing arts group called Brazil Dance Revue. Our capoeira lineage represents one of the most elite in the capoeira world today. However, we teach students to appreciate and respect all styles and systems for our method is a mixture of all methods. We incorporate into our training different aspects of capoeira Regional, Angola, Miudinho, Contemporânea and our own system of capoeira Maneira where we emphasize body expression with capoeira-related movements. We are committed to quality and therefore continue to study and research capoeira to present it to our students at its highest level.
With locations in the San Francisco Bay Area including Berkeley, Oakland, Santa Rosa, Fairfax and San Rafael we are dedicated to creating and maintaining a level of excellence in technique, ritual, and tradition in the training and performance of Capoeira. The mission of the Capoeira Institute includes promoting and educating the general public, especially disadvantaged youth, about Capoeira, other Brazilian dances, and Brazilian culture. We accomplish these goals by providing classes for children and adults in a variety of locations, locally, nationally, and internationally. We organize a number of events throughout the year that include Batizados (belt-changing events), workshops, seminars, demonstrations, and an annual week-long Capoeira Encounter in Brazil and in the US. These events feature world-class Capoeira Masters and provide students and the general public with a first-hand experience of Brazilian Capoeira.
The mission of the Capoeira Institute is Threefold: