We train vigorously to improve skill, physical endurance, mental strength, and self-expression. We practice songs and percussion instruments, including the berimbau, pandeiro, atabaque, and the agogo, which are used in the roda (the Portuguese word for circle, and where the game of capoeira is played). We are educated in the history, traditions, customs, and etiquette of Capoeira. Throughout the year, in addition to our routine training, we host special workshops in Capoeira, dance and percussion, attend special events throughout the states and abroad, and put on shows throughout the community.
Individuals take on leadership roles as each has something unique to contribute to the work of our group. Most importantly, we work as a team supporting each other, and for many, Capoeira Mandinga has even become like an extended family.
Our group hosts three special Capoeira events to promote an exchange in skill, arts, culture and celebration among the local and international Capoeira community. These events consist of Capoeira, dance and music workshops, discussion panels, student promotion ceremonies, performances, and of course, in the true spirit of Brazilian culture, celebration parties. Capoeira Mestres (Masters) and students travel from around the world to participate. The most important event for our Capoeira school is the Annual International Capoeira Convention and Graduation, est. 2000. Mestre Paulo Batuta, the leader of Capoeira Mandinga, produces Brazilian Day, San Diego, Street Fair and Parade, est. 2008, the largest Brazilian festival on the west coast. The Women’s International Capoeira Convention, est. 2008, and the Tem Que Ter Axé International Capoeira Convention, est. 2009, take place every other year to accompany the Brazilian Day festival.
Planet Brazil is our performing arts sector of the academy. We put on public, private, and charitable shows, as a commitment we have with educating and entertaining the community in Brazilian culture and Fine Arts. Our performances captivate audiences with stunning Capoeira and vibrant Brazilian folkloric dances (samba de roda, maculelê, samba reggae, puxada de rede, dança do coco). The contagious rhythms of the batucada (samba percussion band) and the beautiful carnival style samba dancers keep audiences moving to the beat.