TEACHER: Mestre Lampréia
130 W. 56th Street, 6th Floor, New York, New York, 10019
TEACHER: 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.
759 Washington Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11238
TEACHER: Herman Pardon is known as Instrutor Kamikazee in the capoeira community. He was first introduced to capoeira by watching movies and playing Tekken 3.
In 2004 he met Mestre Lampréia at a capoeira batizado. At the time, Lampréia could only speak a little English, but Herman liked his energy and began to study under him. He soon found himself training twice a week, perfecting the movements and understanding Brazilian culture. In 2005, he was awarded the rank of Yellow Cord and finally baptized into the world of Capoeira.
While seeking more knowledge of the art of capoeira, Herman took a summer trip to Brazil for the first time in 2005 visiting Victoria and then Salvador. The trip opened his eyes and prepared him to begin training much harder back in the US. He increased his training to 3-6 times a week and continued to explore his love of capoeira. In 2007, he was awarded the rank of Orange Blue Cord, skipping three ranks.
Herman currently has his purple cord (Instrutor) under Mestre Lampréia and teaches capoeira at Martial Arts World in Brooklyn, NY. He is also a Graphic Designer. Herman is always looking to help others and improve on his own personal goals.
224 Farmington Avenue, Hartford CT, 06105
TEACHER: Leticia Monteiro, known as Professora Formiguinha in the capoeira community, began playing capoeira in 1998, during her sophomore year at Hunter College CUNY. An ardent athlete, Leticia found joy and fulfillment, spiritually and physically, playing capoeira. She soon found herself training 5-6 times a week, trying to perfect the movements and techniques of the game. Leticia’s training paid off in 2001 when she won second place in her rank (Yellow cord) in the Goodwill Games in New York.
With a growing passion for the art of capoeira, Leticia took her training abroad. In 2004, Leticia traveled to Brazil for the first time, visiting Sao Paulo, Salvador, and Rio de Janeiro. After her first trip, she returned to Brazil four times. These subsequent trips included visits to the cities of Victoria, Aracaju, and Bahia. Leticia has also participated in capoeira workshops in Brussels, Belgium and in Barcelona, Spain.
Currently, Leticia is training under the instruction of Mestre Lampréia, founder of Motumbaxé Capoeira and Artistic Director of Allied Capoeira Arts Initiative (A.C.A.I), a non-profit organization. She earned her purple cord in 2009. Leticia sits on the Board of Directors of A.C.A.I. as Secretary, helping to meet its mission to promote, foster, and develop an understanding and appreciation for the Afro-Brazilian martial art, music and dance form of capoeira.
Leticia completed her B.S. in Physical Education in May 2003 and her M.S. in Physical Therapy at Hunter College CUNY in May 2007. She currently works as a physical therapist with the Department of Education, and Saint Mary’s Hospital for Children’s ICD weekend program. She is also Assistant Director of a nonprofit organization called Project HAPPY (a Hunter College Saturday sports program for people with special needs). In her work as a physical therapist, she often incorporates capoeira movements into her patients’ treatment plans.
531 N. Howard St., Alexandria, VA 22304
TEACHER: Frank Frimpong-Manso, known as Graduado Negrão, started capoeira in 2003 under the instruction of Mestre Lampréia. He was first introduced to capoeira through the popular movie, Only The Strong, and the video game, Tekken in which there was a capoeirista. He met Mestre Lampréia through word of mouth in the capoeira community and has been training with him ever since.
Frank through training fell in love with the art and realized how demanding, but ultimately, rewarding capoeira could be. He found himself spending more and more of his free time going to classes and increasing his training regimen, trying to perfect the movements and absorb as much of the art as he could. He found himself training so much that he wound up traveling internationally for the first time in his life because of capoeira. He also fell in love with the artistic aspects of it, such as the music, and social aspects, such as the camaraderie and group dynamic.
Negrão has participated in numerous workshops and batizados (annual rank changing ceremonies). He is always actively trying to share the art of capoeira wherever he goes. He is always amazed that no matter where in the world that you go, that there is capoeira present there and that it is a language that everyone speaks.
He has been teaching under Mestre Lampréia’s leadership since 2007 and was awarded the rank of Graduado in 2009. Negrão believes that Capoeira encompasses everything about life as the practice of it has a strong tie to one’s true personality. There is nowhere else where you can get a beautiful culture mixed with a fight, a game, dance, gymnastics, music, and a social dynamic like no other.
Stony Brook, NY 11794
TEACHER: Instrutor SAMURAI