Capoeira Mestre Caxias

Caxias (AKA Alex Filadelfo) Has been playing capoeira for over 30 years. As youngster, he played capoeira in the streets of Rio de Janeiro and was inspired by mestres: Lencinho, Meia Noite e Branca de Neve. He began a 12 years period training with mestre bodinho, where he got his blue cord in 1987.

In 1988 to 1989 Caxias start training under mestre Boneco at the Espaco Vital, that time was the transition from Group Senzala to Group Capoeira Brasil. The Group Capoeira Brasil was found on feb 14 of 1989.

In november of 1992, Caxias and six other capoeiristas from rio de Janeiro and Bahia traveled to Puerto Rico with grupo Plataforma to perform in San Juan. (foto)

After 8 months in PR in June of 1993 Caxias moved to New york where he opened the first capoeira Brasil school in USA. On June of 1994, Caxias with mestre Jelom Viera did a event celebrating 20th Aniversary of capoeira in USA.

Caxias and Mestre Jelom Vieira founder of the capoeira foundation brought to the event importants names in capoeira Mestres Jao grande, Jao Pequeno, Ezequil, Suasuna, Acordeon, Mestre Itapoa, Mestre Boneco, Marcelo Caveirinha, and others.

That was the open door, since then Mestre Caxias is doing once or two times a year a capoeira batizado where he brings to New York Mestres and capoeiristas from all over the world.

Caxias received the black cord the highiest in the group capoeira Brasil in july 2008 in Rio de Janeiro in the presence of well know capoeira mestres from all around the world.

Caxias opened the door for capoeiristas whom come to east cost of USA and in just few years, his original class of six have expanded to nearly hundred students. He started capoeira Brasil groups base in New York and branches in several USA States, North Carolina, Arizona, Virginia Beach VA, Chicago, Natal, RN Brasil and in Ponce Puerto Rico.

Over 30 years Mestre Caxias experiences include teaching workshops and residency in the world’s leading universities. Such as, New York University, Princeton University NJ, Duke university NC, Yale University CT, Denison University OH, Lincoln University Nebraska, Long Island University LI and others.

Presenting seminars and talks at many international fitness and cultural conferences, and the production of over 15 international Capoeira festivals. Caxias was a arts guest with several dance company in USA and Brasil. Dance Brasil, Baile folklorico da Bahia, Plataforma, Oba Oba. Today he supervises graduated instructors with programs in South, North America and Puerto Rico.

“Capeora luta de bailados

Danca de gladiadores”

Dias Gomes.



Capoeira Angola

Mother of capoeira Regional


Vicente Ferreira Pastinha (commonly called Mestre Pastinha) April 5, 1889, Salvador Bahia, Brasil –Novenber 13 ,1981 was a mestre of the art capoeira Angola.

The son of José Señor Pastinha and Eugênia Maria de Carvalho, he was exposed to Capoeira at the age of 8 by an African named Benedito. The story goes that an older and stronger boy from Pastinha's neighborhood would often bully and beat him up.One day Benedito saw the aggression that Pastinha suffered, and then told him to stop by his house because he was going to teach him few things.

In his next encounter with that boy, Pastinha defeated him so quickly that the older boy became his admirer.

Formative Years

Pastinha had a happy and modest childhood. In the mornings he would take art classes at the Liceu de Artes e Ofício school where he learned to paint; afternoons were spent playing with kites and practicing Capoeira. He continued his training with Benedito for three more years.

In 1941, Aberrê's (Pastinha's former student) invitation, Pastinha went to a Sunday roda at ladeira do Gengibirra located at bairro da Liberdade, where the best Capoeira mestres would hang out. Aberrê was already famous in these (rodas) and after spending the afternoon there, one of the greatest mestres of Bahia, Amorzinho, asked Pastinha to take charge of Capoeira Angola.

As a result, in 1942 Pastinha founded the first Angola school, the Centro Esportivo de Capoeira Angola, located at the Pelourinho. His students would wear black pants and yellow T-shirt, the same color as the Ypiranga Clube his favorite soccer club.

He participated with the Brazilian delegation of the "First International Festival de Artes Negras" in Dakar, Senegal (1966), bringing with him Joao Grande, Joao Pequeno, Gato Preto, Gildo Alfinete, Roberto Satanás and Camafeu de Oxossi.

Pastinha worked as Shoeshiner, tailor, gold prospector, security guard (leão de chácara) at a ganbling house (casa de jogo) and construction worker at the Porto de Salvador to support himself financially so that he could do what he loved the most, to play capoeira angola.

Eventually Pastinha's academy fell on hard times. Pastinha, old, sick and almost totally blind, was asked by the government to vacate his building for renovations. But the space was never returned to him. Instead it became a restaurant and entertainment outlet. Pastinha died a broken man and bitter about his treatment, but never regretted living the life of a Capoeirista. Pastinha was left abandoned in a city shelter (abrigo D. Pedro II - Salvador).

Having dedicated his entire life to Capoeira Angola, he played his last game of Capoeira on April 12, 1981.Pastinha, the father and protector of Capoeira Angola, died at the age of 92 on November 13, 1981.He is survived by two of his most learned students, João Grande and João Pequeno who continue to share Pastinha's Capoeira Angola with the world.

'Pastinha was a brilliant capoeirista whose game was characterized by his agility, quickness and intelligence. Pastinha wanted his students to understand the practice, philosophy and tradition of pure Capoeira Angola. As he said, "I practice the true Capoeira Angola and in my school they learn to be sincere and just. That is the Angola law. I inherited it from my grandfather. It is the law of loyalty. The Capoeira Angola that I learned - I did not change it here in my school… When my students go on they go on to know about everything. They know; this is fight, this is cunning. We must be calm. It is not an offensive fight.

Capoeira waits By Daniel Dawson.

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