Capoeira Luanda Austin

a dance like a fight
a fight like a dance

The heartbeat of Brazil in the heart of Texas

Capoeira Luanda is an organization that practices, teaches, and demonstrates the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira in Austin, Texas. Classes are taught under the expert supervision of ContraMestre Esquilo, who has over 20 years of experience in capoeira. Our school's founder, Mestre Jelon is the pioneer of capoeira in the United States. We share our Mestre's legacy with other Capoeira Luanda schools all over the United States and worldwide.

Children’s Program

Capoeira Luanda Austin is proud to announce we will be starting our Children’s program beginning on January 6, 2015. This program is designed for children ages 6 and up as an introduction to the art of capoeira.

Capoeira is an exciting combination of martial arts, dance, acrobatics, and music that is known for its uniquely playful and energetic appearance. It is a great way for children to build confidence, stay physically active, and develop respect for each other in a fun and safe environment.

Our 1-hour classes will include:
• Warm-up and stretching exercises
• Martial art movements
• Acrobatics
• Music
• Portuguese phrases

Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 6-7pm at the Pan Am Recreation Center (2100 E 3rd St, Austin, TX 78702).

About Capoeira

What is Capoeira?

Capoeira is many things at once: a fight, a dance, an art, and a way of life. It is a martial art born of survival. Capoeira was developed by Africans brought to Brazil by the Portuguese as a tool for self-defense and freedom from slavery. Its practitioners had to disguise their training as dance and play while learning how to fight.

Good for the Mind

Capoeira values creativity and cleverness over brute force. It is a thinking man’s martial art. You will learn to try to out think and outplay rather than overpower your adversary.

Good for the Body 

Capoeira is an art that improves balance, agility, and grace. You will benefit from exercises that improve strength, flexibility, stamina, and timing. The movements will help you to develop a body you feel good about.

Good for the Soul

Capoeira has an innate sense of community that cannot be separated from its physical side. We celebrate our connection to the culture and history of Capoeira through dance, music, language, and art.

Meet our Group

Our Group

Grupo Capoeira Luanda

Capoeira Luanda was founded on April 6th, 2007, after a long process of research and study under the direction and guidance of Mestre Jelon Vieira. Today, Capoeira Luanda has spread internationally with centers and academies in the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, France, Italy, Holland, and Singapore.

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Mestre Jelon Viera

Founder, Headmaster

Mestre Jelon Viera is the founder of Capoeira Luanda and the founder/artistic director of DanceBrazil. He has earned much acclaim as a world renowned master and teacher of capoeira. Born in Bahia, Brazil, Mestre Jelon studied capoeira with the famous Mestres Bimba, Eziquiel, and Bobo.

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ContraMestre Esquilo

Director, Instructor

An enthusiast of martial arts since childhood, Washington Porto (ContraMestre Esquilo) developed an interest in capoeira as a teenager when he began studying with Mestre Jelon Vieira in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Mr. Porto has devoted his life to capoeira and the instruction of this unique art.

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Instrutor Feijão


A Native of San Antonio, Texas, Seifu Bekele (Feijão) first started Capoeira in 1997 at the age of nineteen. He began training under the Instruction of Professor Lalo, nephew of Mestre Jelon Vieira, where he quickly developed a love for the art of Capoeira as well as Brazilian culture.

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Our Classes

We provide instruction in the following classes:

Our Schedule

Come play after your work day!

Our Locations

Our roda is found in the heart of downtown!


Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center
2100 East 3rd Street
Austin, TX 78702

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Austin Recreation Center
1301 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701

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