Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Professor Gordinho is a dedicated and passionate Capoeira Instructor. He has practiced capoeira for 30 years, studying in ABADÁ-Capoeira school under Mestre Morcego. He has dedicated his life to Capoeira, traveling throughout Brazil, the U.S. and more than 30 countries to demonstrate, teach and promote Brazilian culture through the art of Capoeira.
He is also an internationally-recognized Capoeira musician and composer, having composed and recorded many songs that are performed at Capoeira ‘roda,’ competitions and performances around the world.
CONNECT WITH PROFESSOR GORDINHO
Well-practiced in ABADÁ-Capoeira techniques and implementation of kicks, strikes, avoidance and acrobatics
Trained children and beginners to advanced-level capoeira students
Experienced training students with special needs/disabilities
Exceptional understanding of forms, techniques and safety
Clear ability to instruct others with hands-on teaching style
Special interest in capoeira music education
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
The Africa-America Institute 65th Anniversary Gala honoring Filipe Nyusi, President of The Republic of Mozambique, at the American Museum of Natural History // 2018
Ubuntu CD Album: “Eu sou porque nós somos” // 2017
Referee for Capoeira ‘Jogos’ internationally // 2011–2017
Awards for Brazilian Culture // 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016
Champion, Rio de Janeiro Capoeira Competition // 2003, 2004, 2005
3rd Place, Songs Festival Competition in Brazil // 2003