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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:
  1. To facilitate and promote the education of the general public about Capoeira and other Brazilian dances. Specifically, this will be achieved by, but not limited to:
  2. To promote cultural exchange between the United States and Brazil, emphasizing both the creation of opportunities in Capoeira as well as developing an understanding of Capoeira and other Brazilian related activities for the underserved segments of society, especially disadvantaged youth.
  3. The tertiary mission of the Capoeira Institute is to continuously create and maintain an elite level of excellence with respect to techniques, rituals, and tradition in training and performing Capoeira and other related activities. To expose all levels of society to such activities with the intent of educate, discipline and integrate people of California, the US and abroad about Capoeira, Brazilian culture and its diverse related activities.