What is Capoeira?

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian Martial Art that was created by the enslaved Africans in Brazil as a way to defend themselves and was disguised as a dance through music and dance-like movements.

in the 1932, Mestre Bimba, a renown Capoeira fighter began developing a system to teach self defense through Capoeira, Since then, the Afro-Brazilian art has seen tremendous growth and can be found in all corners of the world. At Dende Arts, we honor the traditions of great Mestres who came before, and we continue to build on their contributions to the art. Capoeira is fun, it is something you can do at home, with friends, family, and with people you just met, all over the world. Mestre Pastinha said, “Capoeira é tudo que a boca come”, Capoeira is everything that the mouth eats. That’s Capoeira. 


Calado started practicing Capoeira in 2007, when his cousin invited him to train at a nearby academy. He has taught at Google Inc. amongst various other locations. Calado is now the lead instructor and founder of Dendê Arts.

Contra Mestre Cebolinha

Our Mestres is Contra-Mestre Cebolinha, from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. In 2012, CM. Cebolinha began teaching Capoeira classes in Newark, New Jersey and one year later, in 2013, the Brazilian Cultural Center of Newark was created. Contra-Mestre Cebolinha is the head instructor and Director of the Brazilian Cultural Center of Newark. Ronaldo has 20+ years experience practicing Capoeira.

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Grao Mestre Suassuna

Master Suassuna, as he is known, was born in Ilheus, Brazil in 1938. He went to São Paulo, Brazil in 1965 with a mission to spread the art of Capoeira. Mestre suassuna well well renown for his incredible Capoeira game in addition to his great voice, which he has used to record a number of CD’s.

Cordão de Ouro (CDO) was founded in 1966 by Reinaldo Ramos Suassuna, and is an important group in the world of Capoeira for the quality of students produced Today CDO is one of the largest groups int he world with academies all over the world.

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