Our Brighton Capoeira Angola group was established by Boneco de Sousa in 2002. Together with his three sisters and brother, Boneco has been teaching Capoeira in UK for many years.
Boneco and his sisters are known within the capoeira community as the 'Amazonas' family. They are well known in the UK, Europe and Brazil as a friendly and welcoming Capoeira Angola group. We regularly collaborate with other UK-based groups and bring guest teachers over from Brazil and Europe.
In 2005 Boneco and his sisters met Mestre Roberval who transformed their vision of Capoeira. In 2010, together with his students in Sweden, they formed the group Menino Quem Foi Seu Mestre (MQFSM).
Currently we offer regular Capoeira Angola classes to all backgrounds and ages in Brighton. We believe that Capoeira brings positive change to people's lives through Afro-Brazilian culture, social awareness, empowerment and mutual respect.
Since 2015 we have worked in partnership with Amazonas Arts, a not-for-profit community association bringing the benefits of Capoeira and related activities to schools and community groups.
"Menino Quem Foi Seu Mestre?" means "boy, who was your master?"
The group was created by Mestre Roberval in Salvador, Bahia-Brazil. His teaching of Capoeira seeks to preserve the practice, ritual and philosophy of Capoeira Angola from Bahia.
Capoeira Angola Brighton MQFSM organises annual summer events where Capoeira practitioners from all over the UK and abroad gather for workshops to share in this art form and learn from each other.
I have been teaching Capoeira since the 1990s. I am also a percussionist, qualified fitness instructor and Associate Lecturer in Stage Combat for acting for film at the University of Chichester.
Roberval Do Espirito Santo, well known in the Capoeira Community as Mestre Roberval, was born and lives in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Mestre Roberval is the founder of 'Menino Quem Foi Seu Mestre' group.
His teachings preserve Capoeira Angola's rich heritage through tradition, music and history which he brings to a new Capoeira generation.