Capoeira Techniques MASTERCLASS 2016 with Mestre Amen Santo & CM Versatil (USA Capoeira Batuque)


with World Famous Capoeira Master: Mestre Amen Santo

from Los Angeles, USA. From the movie ‘ONLY THE STRONG’, Mestre Amen is a pioneer of taking Capoeira outside of Brazil to the World.

THIS YEAR – Mestre Amen Santo & his student, Contra-Mestre Versatil are available to Capoeira Teachers for a Private Session on Techniques, Discussion & Advice on any aspect on Capoeira of your choosing.

Book one-on-one OR share the Session with a small group.

OPEN TO ALL CAPOEIRA TEACHERS & Advanced Level Capoeiristas (Monitor level & up).

Capoeiristas must have the expressed endorsement of their Teacher/Master to participate.

INTERESTED APPLICANTS must send an EXPRESSION of INTEREST by email to or contact Mestre Val on 0448801192


CFdB @ VENTANA Fiesta 2016 – Frankston

We Honour Yemanja at Ventana Fiesta FRANKSTON – SAT March 12th
Once again, in a Beachside Ceremony & Offering at Frankston Beach followed by the Ventana Latin Festival Street Parade.
In Brazil, Yemanja is celebrated each year on February 2nd.
Ventana Latin Festival is in it’s 10th Year and Mestre Val has been very dedicated to continuing to grow it, supporting the Organisers and presenting Capoeira & Brazilian Culture and stories for the City of Frankston & the visiting community.
Nowhere else in Australia, does the Afro-Brazilian culture of Honouring the Orisha exist in a Festival Program.

CFdB @ St Kilda Festival 2016

CFdB @ St Kilda Festival 2016 – SUN FEB 14

THIS SUNDAY – Please JOIN US from 12:30pm!

EVERY YEAR – it has become a Melbourne Tradition to have Mestre Val Boa Morte & Capoeira Filhos da Bahia students alongside Capoeira Samba Show & Dance City Productions give a combined Capoeira & Samba Demonstration & Performance as well as hosting a Street Roda for all to enjoy & participate in.

Register your attendance on FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE
and SMS Mestre Val know that you are coming!

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<<< ON THE DAY >>>

MEET @ 12:30pm at JACKA BOULEVARD – St Kilda

All CFdB students are to wear FULL WHITE UNIFORM

CFdB RODA & DEMONSTRATION at 1pm & TBA on the day – again before 4pm
(please be ready by 12:30pm)

1pm & Time TBA on the day


Performances are also at:
2pm (Professional Performance onstage LATIN QUARTER)

with FULL SHOW Drumming, Capoeira & Samba Dancers:
Capoeira Samba Show & Dance City Productions



22nd CFdB International Capoeira Encounter 2016

It’s THAT time of the Capoeira Calendar AGAIN!

Batizado time :) THIS YEAR will be Mestre Val’s 22nd Batizado event, so let’s do this :) !!

Batizado Event time, is the Capoeira students’ opportunity to, re-commit to their Capoeira training, meet more of the Capoeira Community from the wider World, an opportunity to participate in the ritual of Grading & being recognised for the training & the things you have learned since last year! :)

For some, its a time to learn new things that they haven’t been exposed to, for others it’s a time to reconnect with old friends or old teachers, remembering what already has been and it’s also a time share your own wisdom and catch up on things we may have forgotten you know!


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MARCH 17 – 20, 2016

CFdB Academy
83-85 Little Oxford Street, Collingwood VIC 3066

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TEACHERS TBA * Program is subject to change, without notice, except for those enrolled in the event

CFdB 22nd International Capoeira Encounter 2016 FULL PROGRAM

Rodas, Batizados & Demonstrations
Friday 18th Mar 05:30 – 06:30pm –Welcome Roda to everyone@Cfdb School
Friday 18th Mar 10:30pm @ COPA as part of Capoeira Samba Show Advanced students only
Saturday 19th Mar 12:00 – 1:30pm Roda to everyone@Cfdb School
Sunday 20th Mar 02:00 – 05:00pm Batizado & Grading Free Entry to everyone@Cfdb School

KIDS Workshops
Friday 18th Mar 04:30 – 06:30pm – Mestre Amen Santo
Saturday 19th Mar 10:00 – 12:00pm – Mestra Meirelou

New Beginners Free Introduction
Thursday 17th Mar 06:30 – 07:30pm – Capoeira @Cfdb School Contra-Mestre Versatil
Saturday 19th Mar 05:00 – 06:00pm – Capoeira @Cfdb School Mestre Borracha

Mix Level – Capoeira, Samba, Berimbau and Acrobatics
Friday 18th Mar 06:30 – 08:00pm – Capoeira @Cfdb School Contra-Mestre Versatil
Friday 18th Mar 08:00 – 09:00pm – Berimbau @Cfdb School Mestre Amen Santo
* Berimbau $25 BYO, $35 not BYO ($170 includes Berimbau)
Friday 18th Mar 09:00 – 10:00pm – Acrobatics @Cfdb School Sebastiao
Saturday 19th Mar 03:00 – 05:00pm – Capoeira @Cfdb School Mestre Amen Santo
Sunday 20th Mar 09:00 – 10:30am – Capoeira @Cfdb School Mestre Borracha
Sunday 20th Mar 10:30 – 12:00pm – Afro @Cfdb School Mestre Amen Santo


Mestre of the month

Mestre Leopoldina

‘Dermeval Lopes de Lacerda’

(Dec 2nd 1933 – Oct 17th 2007)

Mestre Leopoldina passed away at the age of 74 in Sao Paulo Brazil.

Leopoldina’s live story starts less prosperous in Rio de Janeiro though. He didn’t grow up with his own mother and therefore he was often beaten and neglected. At a certain age he decided to leave his home. He slept in train wagons and made living selling sweets at public places. He started to make up rhymes to enhance his selling and also started to sell in the trains. People say he was nicknamed after one of Rio’s train stations, but he states that his nickname was after a locomotive he used to imitate. Having lived like this for a while Leopoldina heard of a place were street children were sheltered and fed. This made the struggle a bit easier.

Somewhere in 1952 or ’53 at the age of nineteen was the first time Leopoldina encountered Capoeira. He saw a guy named ‘Quinzinho’ leaping from left to right, standing on his feet and next on his hands. Leopoldina thought:’ Wow, I want to learn that stuff’. In order to do so he had to get nearer to his only example (Capoeira had been prohibited till that time and was therefore nearly absent in public live). This guy Quinzinho was a ‘malandro’ (as in criminal). Just a month before him being released from five years of imprisonment, Leopoldina started to go to the bars frequented by Quinzinho and offered him beers.

One of those occasions all of a sudden Quinzinho grasped Leopoldina’s hat challenging him to a fight. Leopoldina had a reputation as a street fighter to live up to. But at every move he made, Quinzinho easily leaped away. Finally Leopoldina had to give up. He was scared, but knew he had to come up with something. He left for the place where he hid his knife. On his way someone, seeing how upset Leopoldina was, stopped him to find out what was going on. Explaining him, Leopoldina spotted the boy to whom Quinzinho had given the hat, still wearing it. Leopoldina took it back and used other routes for a while. One day he was waiting at the final stop for the bus to come. When it arrived, first six of Quinzinho’s friends and finally Quinzinho himself came out.
When Quinzinho saw that all of his friends were happy to see Leopoldina again, he smiled and accepted him as part of the group. Now Leopoldina felt confident to reveal his wish to learn Capoeira. The first morning he arrived at Quinzinho’s house in a Favela, Quinzinho had already left. But from the next day on he came every day at seven to train with Quinzinho at the front of his house. Quinzinho would show him a movement and ask him to imitate it. Quinzinho didn’t use any names for the  movements.
After three or four months they could play together and Leopoldina was joining in Quinzinho’s fame, because he was the only one that could play with him. One day the two came across someone who could also play. This guy was called ‘Juvenil’. He invited Leopoldina to come play a little. When Juvenil struck Leopoldina with a ‘meia-lua’, Quinzinho pulled his gun and put it on Juvenil’s head saying: “Don’t do that. You will make him afraid to learn”. One of the other adventures Leopoldina had with Quinzinho was when the latter made him drink a few shots of straight cachaça (sugarcane liquor) before training. It made Leopoldina so sick and dizzy, that he kept easy on the stuff for the rest of his life. Finally Quinzinho got killed in a dispute over a woman. Now Leopoldina had to train by himself. He would do so on a soccer field, very early in the morning: “Otherwise people would say I was some lunatic!”.

The next capoeirista whom Leopoldina met was called Artur Emidio. He was top performer at the Waldemar Santana Academy. The owner of the academy had heard that Leopoldina could play Capoeira and invited him to come see the performance. Leopoldina entered a new world on the day of that performance. At first he even wondered if Artur was gay. Leopoldina was used to the dressing code of the malandros: wearing toe slippers and a scarf around his neck. The people at the academy were of different social standing. Though after Artur had done his solo, Leopoldina knew he had found a better player then Quinzinho. Artur had heard another capoeirista was present and invited him to come and play. Leopoldina made a good impression on Artur, because he invited Leopoldina to come to his lesson. The new contacts Leopoldina made in this group got him a job of which he enjoyed a pension until the day of his death. This is how Capoeira got Mestre Leopoldina ‘out of marginality into society.’

Mestre Leopoldina trained six years with Mestre Artur Emidio.

Mestre Leopoldina is resting in a very special place we all know because he were a very special kid, man, malandro, friend, son, father, brother and Mestre.

‘Onde quer que o Senhor esteja Mestre Leopoldina, a Capoeira e nós seus verdadeiros e nobres amigos sempre estaremos juntos’

Mestre Val Boa Morte

Ganga Zumbí
Mestre Leopoldinha

Alguém me disse
Que pareço Ganga Zumbí
Foi o Rei lá dos Palmares
Outros já me disseram
Que na outra encarnação
Eu era rico, muito rico
Que eu tinha muitas fazendas
E grande canavial
E eu era um bom patrão
Só mulher eu tinha nove
só mulher eu tinha nove
Com idade variada
Mais agora, o que eu tenho?
Nem sequer tenho casa pra morar
e nem dinheiro pra gastar
Mas tenho a Graça Divina
Que é a minha companheira
E esta grande amizade
Dentro do meu coração, camarada…Iê Galo Cantou…
Someone told me
I look like Ganga Zumbí
He was the king in Palmares
Others already told me
That in another incarnation
I was rich, very rich
I had a lot of farms
And a big sugar cane plantation
I was a good boss
Just women I had nineJust women I had nine
Of different ages
But now what do I have?
Not even a house to live in
Nor money to spend
But I have the divine grace
Which is my companionAnd that great friendship
Deep in my heart, comrade


Mestre Val says “Happy Childrens Day to all Children of Brazil and the World”

Façam todas as criancas felizes, cuidando-as, dando-lhes muito amor, carinho, respeito e compreensao. Ai sim teremos um futuro promissor.

“Feliz Dias a todas as Criancas do Brasil e do Mundo.”

Make all children happy, caring for them, giving them lots of love, affection, respect and understanding. And than we will have a promising future.

Happy Children Days to all Children of Brazil and the world.

– Mestre Val Boa Morte

13 OCT 2015


Celebrate the São Cosme e Sao Damião – SUNDAY 27 SEPT

Presented by: ABRISA

Hi Everyone!

THIS SUNDAY 27th from 1-4 pm we celebrate the São Cosme e Sao Damião day for our children and their families. The twin saints became known for curing people and animals without a charge for their service and became the representative saint for the pharmaceuticals and doctors. During this day, there will be a number of activities and entertainment for children of all backgrounds and age, we’ll also give out lollies as it is the tradition. It is expected that the parents will remain in attendance to supervise their children for the duration of the event.

Capoeira from 2-3pm

(WORKSHOP & LITTLE DEMO) Students must bring Uniform.

Sol Green Community Centre
Cnr. Montague and Coventry St, South Melbourne 3205 Melways Ref: 2J/K2 de

by: Mestre Val Boa Morte


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Neste evento celebramos o Dia de São Cosme e São Damião para nossas crianças e seus familiares. Os santos gêmeos ficaram conhecidos por curarem pessoas e animais sem cobrar nada pelo serviço e são considerados padroeiros dos farmacêuticos e médicos. Nesse dia, proporcionamos várias atividades e brincadeiras para criancas de todas as comunidades e idades. Também são distribuídas balinhas, como manda a tradição.  E expectative da ABRISA que os pais estarão presente para supervisionar seus filhos.

Mestre Val performs with SistaNative at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

A Message from SistaNative (aka Cantora)

When my Master helps me & is by my side.. EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE :) <3

Creative life is a wonderous hectic supernatural storm that rages fulfillment & also wages war on the senses, the Heart and sometimes the community.. To create is to live life to the fullest.

No one person is an island.. my wish is that all beings feel the touch of inspiration to create & manifest something, even one thing and share it in their lifetime – however long or however short <3

Feeling blessed by the enthusiasm, dedication & follow through with Heart-felt, inspired action by my Creative Team <3

<3 The humility, ability to change, creative energy, dedication, inspiration, willpower, improvisational power, changing force, willingness, hard-working, endurance, intelligence, co-operative spirit, accessibility, resilience, sheer musical skill, artistic vision, commitment, sheer beauty & drive of my Capoeira Master is nothing short of sheer brilliance.

He is often embarrassed if you say these things directly to him, but others often don’t see those moments, when he fills a gap, or leaves a silence but is still listening, when he disappears but is still with you.. when he sees your plan, on the floor and all the tools and a big empty space.. when he understands what you intend but he sees that you are too busy to tend to it..

I like to celebrate those people & those acts of extreme kindness.. who do those things in the crevices of realistic time gone wild with flow.. there is a fortune to be experienced in service of self through service to others :)

I feel that most people experience this.. we are rarely celebrated absolutely for the small invisible tasks of doing & sometimes not-doing, for others.

The best things in life are intangible: love, humour, honesty, trust, leadership, enthusiasm, beauty, cleverness, etc..

I cannot count the infinite ways that Creative life reminds me of the grand organised design of all things – when Love & inspiration is present, living is truly a Divine experience.

#BrandNiU – YOU ARE HERE [portality40]
Art installation at MCA ARTBAR #MCAARTBAR
(photo by: KoCo Carey​)

#BrandNiU – YOU ARE HERE [portality40] – Artwork set intallation 25/9/15 MCA Museum Contemporary Art – Sydney



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