I first started capoeira on June 12th 2008. In fact, the post has been immortalised on my Facebook feed:
This weekend was the 8th Cheltenham Capoeira Festival, and it was a very emotional event, where Primo once again put his trust put his trust in me, and all his other students.
Mestrando Primo, with Mestre Ray's blessing, gave me the amazing honour of awarding me my blue Graduado Corda. I must confess, I did not think it would be coming so soon - I still have so much to improve upon, and so many new things to learn. But I am pleased that I now have students of my own to join me on the journey as I go about improving and growing my capoeira,
It was also joyful to see my friend Nego Lua receive his Instrutor corda; Mandingueiro, Esperta and Ace Ventura receive their Monitor cordas; my students from school receive their first cordas; welcoming Estagiaro Rad into the Oficina Family and to see all the other students exchanging their cordas. It is up to us now to help grow Oficina da Capoeira in the UK, because there was also some sad news:
Mestrando Primo announced he would be leaving the UK, which is upsetting for us, but great news for him as he takes a new path in life that will help him feel complete. I wish him every success!
It is hard to find the words to express how I feel, and what Primo means to me. He brought capoeira into my life, and I will be eternally gratefully for that. So I will just finish by publicly saying a big thank you to Mestrando Primo again. Thank you for the trust you've put in me with the graduado corda, and for everything else, I look forward to growing Oficina da Capoeira in Chichester and making you proud of the seed you have planted.