Graduado Kung Fu
It was this background that got me my capoeira name (apelido) of "Kung Fu" on my first lesson - it was very obvious from the way I moved that I had previously done kung fu, and so my instructor, Mestrando Primo, gave me my name on my very first lesson.
I have been fortunate to have traveled a little to train with many instructors and mestres, and began regularly teaching capoeira in 2013, at the school where I taught. I'm a science teacher by day, so have a full extended DBS (the DBS replaced the old CRB check).
I gained the title "Monitor", the beginning of the instructor ranks in Oficina da Capoeira in 2012, and became a Graduado on 27th June at the 8th International Capoeira Festival in 2015, with Mestrando Primo and Mestre Ray's blessing. I am now training hard to do my blue graduado corda justice, and hoping to one day climb to Instrutor! In addition, I am a Duolingo Certified Educator, and have set up an online classroom so that our students can all learn capoeira's mother tongue, Brazilian Portuguese, for free.
My capoeira instructors:
|Mestrando Primo (left)|
and Graduado Lua
Mestre Ray - Mestre (Master) Ray, set up Oficina da Capoeira in December 1996, which now has groups all over the world. I have been fortunate enough to have trained with him on a number of occasions, both when he has visited the UK for the annual International Capoeira Festival in Cheltenhma. organised by Mestrando Primo and Graduado Lua; and also abroad in Brazil and Belgium.
I have also been fortunate to have attended workshops and festivals with many other Capoeira instructors, all of whom have helped my capoeira grow, but there are too many to list here.