About Capoeira

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that weaves acrobatic movements, fight, play, strategy, music and philosophy into a rhythmic game of real and ritualized combat resulting in an unchoreographed "conversation" between players.

The history of Capoeira spans over 500 years of Brazilian history, originating with the importation of generations of West Africans into the slave trade by the Portuguese colonists.  Forced into labor in the massive sugar cane industry of Brazil, and punished should they practice traditional customs and dances, the slaves found unique ways of retaining their diverse cultural identities and traditions.  

Capoeira was created out of this need for preservation as well as the desire to ready themselves for escape and rebellion.
Capoeira's deadly potential was hidden from the slave-masters by its dance-like beauty, acrobatics, and its music.
For the slaves, capoeira was a literal and symbolic means of survival. It became a tool of escape and defense, a metaphor for liberation and a path to self-esteem and freedom.  Subsequently, it was banned in Brazil for many years. 
Driven underground, capoeira once again, relied upon the ingenuity of the slaves and their descendants for its survival.
In 1937 capoeira was, finally, legalized and recognized as a national folkloric art by the Brazilian government due, in large part, to the efforts of Mestre Bimba- creator of the ‘Regional’ form of capoeira.
Capoeira is a testimony to the indomitable human spirit and the tragic beauty, creativity and ingenuity of the Brazilian people, their culture and history.
photo © Anna Browne
About Mestre Chuvisco

Mestre Chuvisco was born and raised in Belo Horizonte in the Minas Gerais region of Brazil. 
He began training at 11 years old with Grao Mestre Dunga, himself a student of Mestre Bimba, creator of 
Capoeira Regional.  Chuvisco was graduated to Mestre in 1977.  He founded Associacao de Capoeira Mandingueiros dos Palmares later that year and has been teaching ever since. 

The Associacao de Capoeira Mandingueiros dos Palmares is an internationally recognized capoeira organization founded by Mestre Chuvisco.  It is dedicated to the preservation of capoeira and afro-brazilian culture through education.  
Mandingueiros dos Palmares has schools all over the United States from Florida to Virginia to Texas to Rhode Island. We are based out of Boston, Massachusetts and Belo Horizonte in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Annually we put on encounters and invite Mestres and Instructors from around the globe to teach and play with us and “baptize” new students.  Older students will also gain their new cords at this time.  The batizado is the moment when our students become recognized as capoeiristas by the larger capoeira community.  Please see the cord system
page for more information about our grading system.