Contra mestra India
Contra mestra India began her training in Miami Beach FL in 1996. In the final months of 1999 she moved to Berkeley California to pursue her training under Mestre Acordeon, Mestre Ra and Mestra Suelly. In 2004 she returned to Miami and began teaching Capoeira under the guidance of her Mestres. In 2010 she opened Miami Capoeira Sol e Lua Cultural Arts Center. A unique studio located in central Miami devoted solely to Capoeira and related cultural arts such as Samba, Batucada percussion, and dança de salão. In addition to Capoeira Cm India also gives classes in Maculele, Samba, and Mat Pilates. She also has been a licensed and practicing personal trainer with much of her continuing education in therapeutic and rehabilitative movement, boot camp as well as 300 hours of training in Acupressure massage. She has expressed herself through the fine arts her entire life and as an adult pursued these expressions in an academic setting. She now holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts with a minor in Art History. Her dedication to Capoeira, dance, movement, art, and history have led to a lifetime of creativity and teaching to students of all ages. She teaches with the passion and honor that has been passed onto her from a lifetime of dedicated practice and commitment. Her greatest joy is sharing this work with her family and time within nature or the breeze at an ocean’s edge.
The UCA (United Capoeira Association) was born in the vision of Mestre Acordeon and Mestre Rã to create an organization where they could work together with similar philosophical ideals and yet preserve their own identities. Some of their American students then began teaching capoeira in different locations under the umbrella of UCA. As many capoeiristas and capoeira schools have embraced the system of "groups" as the paradigm of a capoeira organization, this strategy has proven to be very positive for the growth and survival of capoeira.
However, Mestre Acordeon is learned from a time when the concept of "group" was yet to be developed; therefore, UCA is not a group as understood in the capoeira context nor is it interested in many "chapters." UCA strives to be a community of students which appreciates and respects the collective work developing for all capoeira tendencies and approaches in Brazil and beyond.
Sol e Lua Miami Capoeira
Sol e Lua named for the balance of the Sun and Moon, Light and Dark, Feminine and Masculine that creates and sustains all life. We are centrally located in the heart of Miami and offer adult’s, children’s and private classes. We promote the personal growth of each of our students at their own pace. The school implements a positive reinforcement approach, and values itself on being supportive in its teaching tactics. Every one of our members is a link in the chain that makes our school a success. We enjoy practices on the beach, performing at events, and taking part in fundraisers. We are a welcoming community, who rally's an atmosphere of team work and mutual encouragement, and that thrives on one another’s successes.
Ubirajara Almeida, student of legendary Mestre Bimba, is an author, musician, and historian. One of the pioneers to bring Capoeira to the western United States in early 1980's. Today Mestre Acordeon has established the United Capoeira Association with schools in numerous states and Mexico.
has been playing capoeira for over 30 years, and trained under many Mestres throughout Brasil, including Mestre Tarzan, Mestre Galo, and Mestre Suassuna. Mestre Rã has performed and taught all over the world. Currently, Mestre Rã works with Mestre Acordeon while also running his own school for at risk children in Jundiai, São Paulo, Brasil.
the first American woman to earn the title of mestre, has played a vital role for women in Capoeira. She began her career in capoeira in 1982, as a part of Mestre Acordeon's first generation of students in the U.S. Mestra Suelly has been interviewed by numerous journalists in an effort to expand awareness of capoeira here in the United States.
Professor Tubarão grew up training the art of Capoeira. He began his first movements as a young child. And began his official training at the age of 5 under Mestre Rã in Berkeley California. In 2004 he continued his training with Contra Mestra Índia, his Mom, in Miami Florida. He also trained percussion throughout his entire life. Tubarão traveled several times as a child to Salvador Bahia and other parts of Brazil. This exposure to Capoeira, music, and the arts developed into a mastery and connection to Capoeira Brazilian Cultural Martial Arts and percussion. In 2012 he began teaching at Miami Capoeira Sol e Lua. His dedication and teachings have not only helped Sol e Lua Cultural Arts Center grow into a flourishing artistic movement center but also helped to expand it’s percussive music programs.
Professor Tubarão is also an accomplished fine artist. He holds a Bachelor's in Fine Arts with a focus in Ceramics and a minor in Music with a focus in Brazilian Percussion.
This combined artistic focus led him to make instruments through a variety of mediums such as rope, metal, animal hide, and ceramics, creating forms such as flutes, percussive and stringed instruments that are inspired by the cultures that have influenced his life. Through clay, line, painting, and percussion he has found a deep love for creating beautiful vessels of art that resonate with frequency our connection to nature and life. This process has taught him about how his dedication and talent can contribute to the community.
In 2018 Tubarão Founded and opened Miami Art Center, it doubles as a center devoted to classes in all mediums of art as well as an art gallery. Miami Art Center is adjacent to Miami Capoeira Sol e Lua Cultural Arts Center. He also produces and writes music approaching an array of musical genres. Professor Tubarão has professionally performed Capoeira and percussion for many different venues. He has also performed wheel ceramic building for local Universities.