CAPOEIRA IJEXÁ in Portland Oregon

Capoeira is a Brazilian art form which has elements of a fight and a dance, and a complex philosophy of respect, challenge, and resiliency. Capoeira is music and movement, focused on a ritualized fight, a movement conversation between players in which every game is unique. Each game is based on the player's abilities and mood, the music, and other witnesses and participants. Exchanges of kicks, headbutts, strikes, takedowns, and acrobatics can each be very real, or very playful.

While capoeira's origins and early history are not exactly known, it is generally thought that African slaves in Brazil created the art. Capoeira has changed throughout its history, and today many lineages of Mestres teach capoeira around the world.

Our Mestre

Mestre Urubu Malandro is a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and has studied Capoeira for over 20 years under the esteemed Brazillian Mestre Suassuna. He is a graduated Mestre of this fascinating martial art/folkloric dance form.

In 1990, Urubu formed the professional Capoeira group Gingarte, and performed throughout Brazil and South America, the United Kingdom, and the USA. In 1989 and 1991, Urubu went on tour as a featured dancer and musician with the internationally acclaimed folkloric revue, Oba!Oba!. In 1993, he appeared in the San Francisco Opera's presentation of Turandot to rave reviews.

Urubu is also an accomplished percussionist with extensive knowledge of Brazillian rhythms, including classic samba, afoxe, and the sacred rhythms of candomble. He has played with the best Brazillian bands in the Bay Area and is sougnt after as a studio musician, specializing in Afro-Brazillian.

Urubu brings a wealth of experience and a profound sense of joy to his work with children and adults. His energy is infectious, and the response is always positive!

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