Afro-Brazilian Martial Art
Capoeira Luanda is an organization that practices, teaches, and preserves the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira. Capoeira Luanda practices a style of Capoeira known as Capoeira Regional Contemporanea. This style is derived from movements and sequences developed by Mestre Bimba, as well as influences and evolutions of Capoeira from the founding Mestres of Capoeira Luanda.
Capoeira Luanda was founded on April 6th, 2007, after a long process of research and study under the direction and guidance of Mestre Jelon Vieira. Today, Capoeira Luanda has spread internationally with centers and academies in the United States, Holland, Brazil, Germany, Spain, France, Peru, Colombia, Italy, and Turkey.
The root of the name Luanda is a homage to Mestre Eziquiel Martins, who founded the Grupo Luanda de Capoeira in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil in 1963. Another inspiration behind the name Luanda was meaning of the word Luanda in Yoruba language which means “the junction of the moon and the earth” and “Peace and imaginary land” in the dialect Bantu. Luanda is the capital of Angola and was one of the most important ports during the slave trade when Africans were taken to the Americas as chattel.
Luanda is one of the cities in West Africa where Africans said the last good bye for those who never returned. It was the Africans from the slave trade that contributed to the richness of the African Culture in Brazil.
Capoeira St. Louis is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to the growth and development of Capoeira (Afro-Brazilian art form) in the St. Louis Metro community. Capoeira St. Louis was formed in 2000 with the help of Mestre Jelon Vieira. Capoeira St. Louis has and will continue to perform in the many cultural and international festivals around the St. Louis Metro community. The organization also provides Capoeira workshops to schools and youth programs.
Capoeira St. Louis has performed at a variety of events in the St. Louis Community. Some of these events include “Fair St. Louis July 2, 2000”, “International Banquet March 29, 2002 at Washington University (200 spectators)”, “1st Annual International Street Fair Edwardsville, IL Sept. 2002 (500 spectators)”, Founder’s Day diversity workshops at Nerinx Hall April 26, 2002 (60 attendees)”, “Black Dance USA at COCA May 19-25 2003 (40 attendees)”, “Better Family Life Lock In at Monsanto YMCA November 21, 2003 (50 attendees)”, “Thurtene Carnival April 16th and 17th 2005 (200 spectators)”, “Mid-County YMCA International Dinner April 16, 2005 (150 spectators)”, “Black Dance USA at COCA May 25-29 2005 (60 attendees)”, “Marquette High School Multi-Cultural Festival May 2005 (500 spectators)”, “Celebrate the World in Maryland Heights 2005 (700 spectators)”, “Taste of Central West End 2005 (250 spectators)”, “Hazelfest in Hazelwood 2005 (200 spectators)”, “Washington University fund raiser for hunger 2005” (100 spectators), “Fund raising event at St. Alexius Hospital-Jefferson Campus 2005 (50 spectators)”, “Chinese International Arts Center 2005 (100 spectators)”, “Ferguson Street Festival 2005 (250 spectators)”, “Fund raising event at Sqwires 2005 (100 spectators)”, “Show Me Sun Splash 2005 (500 spectators)”, “Earth Day at Forest Park every year since 2001” and many more to date. Contact us for a performance or workshop at your next event.
Capoeira Luanda of St. Louis can provide a unique and energized performance at your next event. We can provide a performance by our group or a workshop/demonstration to teach Capoeira at your next event. Contact us for pricing.