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.
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.
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.
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.
We offer capoeira instruction in a friendly, inviting group setting. Our classes are for all levels, and incorporate dynamic stretching, conditioning, and skill training.
Our weekly music class offers students a fun way to learn traditional capoeira songs and instruments. Songs are taught in Portuguese with English translations. The instruments you will learn include the berimbau, pandeiro, and atabaque.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. We look forward to hearing from you!