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Joao Bispo de Souza Neto, known as Mestre Lampréia, is the founder of Motumbaxé Capoeira. He was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where he began learning Capoeira with Mestre Sabiá in 1989.  Mestre Lampréia has been teaching Capoeira since 1995 in South America, Africa, Europe and the US.

Having decided to make New York City his home, Mestre Lampréia is active in sharing the art of capoeira locally, in addition to nationally and abroad. He participates in numerous workshops, batizados (rank changing ceremonies), jogos (competitions), and international cultural exchanges.  He works with his instructors from Motumbaxé Capoeira in extending the teachings, philosophy, and beauty of the art.



Learn fun martial arts techniques while strengthening your core, burning calories and increasing your flexibility



Children get to play in capoeira while keying into confidence and focus. Capoeira teaches  discipline and self-defense.