Raízes do Brasil groups throughout the world thrive with the guidance and support of Mestre Ralil, who founded Centro Cultural de Capoeira Raízes do Brasil in Brasília, Brazil in 1980.

Instrutor Curu

Instrutor Curu

Instrutor Curu began training Capoeira in Brazil’s capital, Brasília, at the age of 11. As a student of Mestre Ralil of Centro Cultural Capoeira Raízes do Brasil,  he began teaching Capoeira both at the Raízes do Brasil Capoeira Headquarters and at a local elementary school. Instrutor Curu enjoyed traveling around Brazil  and US to play & exchange in the art of Capoeira. In February 2011 he moved to Brooklyn, New York and continued his Capoeira training at Raízes do Brasil Capoeira. In May 2011 he won the Best Angola Game/Advanced Category at the 4th annual North American Jogos in Santa Cruz, California.

In October 2011, Instrutor Curu opened the Raizes do Brasil Capoeira academy at a new location and he continues to work hard to keep the spirit and camaraderie.

Instrutor Curu & Raizes do Brasil Capoeira offer classes six days a week for children and adults. In the warmer months he holds classes and rodas outdoors in Prospect Park, The Old Stone House (Washington Park/JJ Byrne Playground – 3rd St. @ 4th and5th Ave), on the rooftop of the academy, and around the neighborhood, keeping strong ties to our community.

Instrutor Curu’s greatest satisfaction comes from watching his students evolve and seeing their dedication to learning Capoeira.


Mestre Ralil

ralilMestre Ralil was born in 1960 in Brasília, Brasil where he continues to live today. He began learning capoeira in 1973 with Mestre Helio Tabosa. Since 1979, Mestre Ralil has spread the tradition of Brazilian culture and capoeira by teaching its practitioners to utilize the art form as a tool to better their lives.

In 1980, Mestre Ralil founded Centro Cultural de Capoeira Raízes do Brasil, headquartered in Brasília, with the goal to empower the city’s under-represented children, adolescents and adults. Despite facing incredible socio-economic odds, many of Mestre Ralil’s students have employed the lessons of capoeira to overcome challenges outside of the roda and now thrive as active and visible leaders in their families and communities. In addition to his work at the Centro Cultural, Mestre Ralil often participates in social outreach projects in partnership with the city, state and federal governments. Together with his students, he has performed for each of Brazil’s last three presidents: Fernando Collor de Mello, Fernando Henrique Cardoso and the current president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.