MESTRE JURANDIR NASCIMENTO
Mestre Jurandir Nascimento founded the International Capoeira Angola Foundation Seattle in 1997. A small group of students invited him from Brazil to teach them the philosophy, movement and music of Capoeira Angola.
Mestre Jurandir worked tirelessly to bring the rich traditions of Capoeira Angola to the Pacific Northwest. The first classes were held at Miller Community Center on Capitol Hill. Mestre Jurandir also taught workshops in various schools in the greater Seattle area.For many years ICAF Seattle trained in a studio of their own where he taught music and movements, and endowed students with his rich knowledge and philosophy of Capoeira Angola.
Mestre Jurandir lived and taught in Seattle until 2005. The community he worked so hard to create continues to grow. Mestre’s Jurandir’s first Mestre, Silvinho from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, currently leads the group.
Mestre Jurandir visits Seattle often to give workshops, demonstrations, and lectures.
In addition, Mestre Jurandir has been traveling to Mozambique for over 11 years to share his knowledge of Capoeira Angola. Donate now to support Capoeira Angola in Maputo Mozambique.
Mestre Silvinho has dedicated 30 years of his life to Capoeira Angola. He started capoeira with Mestre Rogerio, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in 1986 and as Mestre Jurandir’s student he was the leader of FICA-BH for 8 years.
In Belo Horizonte he taught for social programs created by the city council such as Kids in the Park serving homeless youth. There he also taught for a youth project created to teach African Brazilian music, drums, and dance known as Tambolele.
Since 2004 he has been leading the International Capoeira Angola Foundation, ICAF Seattle, founded in 1997 by Mestre Jurandir, as well as the TESC Capoeira Angola Club at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, which was started by Evergreen students under Mestre Jurandir’s leadership since 1998. He also oversees the activities of the study groups in Bellingham (WA) Portland (OR) and Vancouver (BC).
Mestre Silvinho has taught at middle and high schools in Seattle since 2004 while supporting the development of other ICAF Groups in the USA. He has presented and supported the development of ICAF African Brazilian Community Festivals in Seattle and Olympia. He has been traveling and presenting at conferences in the USA since 2000.
To read more about Mestre Silvinho’s leadership style and the group in Seattle check out Njoli Brown’s thoughtful blog post: