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ABOUT GROUP NZINGA

Since March 8th 1995, Nzinga Capoeira Angola Group has been dedicated to the preservation of traditional values of Capoeira Angola and Bantu culture through training, rodas, art, research, publications, debates and social activism.

Nzinga is guided by the wisdom of Mestra Janja, Mestra Paulinha and Mestre Poloca who, each in their own way, seek to provide continuity to the teachings and lineage of Capoeira Angola’s greatest advocate, Mestre Pastinha.​

ABOUT OUR MESTRES

Mestras

 -Janja / Salvador - Bahia

 -paulinha / Salvador - Bahia
 

Mestres

 -poloca / Salvador - Bahia
 -tião carvalho  / São Paulo - SP

contraMestra

 manoela   / São Paulo - SP

 

contraMestres

 -Adrian   / Rio de Janeiro - RJ

 -denis  / Brazilia - DF

 -gabriel lima verde   / São Paulo - SP

 -kosuke  / Kyoto - Japan

In 2014 and 2018, Mestra Janja, Mestra Paulinha, and Mestre Poloca​ were invited to Japan for workshops in Kyoto, Tokyo, Kanazawa, and Takaoka. In 2016, Mestre Poloca came to Japan to give workshops in Tokyo and Kyoto.

Mestra Janja and Mestra Paulinha serve as important figures, not only in Brazil, but worldwide, as female teachers of Capoeira Angola, in a

predominantly male environment.

Group Nzinga advocates for gender equality, seeking equity in its activities.

From left: Mestra Paulinha, Mestra Janja, Mestre Poloca

Mestra Janja

Rosângela Costa Araújo

Capoeira Angola Mestra. As a Doctor of Education, she teaches in the Faculty of Education at the Federal University of Bahia while researching as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of São Paulo. Since 1983, she trained with the capoeira group group GCAP in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, becoming a contramestra.

In addition to working on issues of racism and sexism for many years, she conducts research on African culture, education, and gender. In 2017, she was invited to the Women's Conference 20th Anniversary in Washington, D.C. celebrating the contributions of women to Capoeira Angola (sponsored by the Fundação Internacional de Capoeira Angola). She attracts attention as a female mestre who has a highly influential voice.

She has visited Japan twice since 2014.

Mestra paulinha

Paula Cristina da Silva Barreto

Capoeira Angola Mestra. With a Doctorate of Sociology from the University of São Paulo, she teaches at the Federal University of Bahia lecturing on racism, social resistance against racism, culture and identity. She is also the author of numerous books.

Since 1983, she trained with group GCAP in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, becoming a contramestra. She has worked for many years to eliminate discrimination based on gender and race in Capoeira Angola.

In 2017, she was invited to the Women's Conference 20th Anniversary in Washington, D.C. celebrating the contributions of women to Capoeira Angola (sponsored by the Fundação Internacional de Capoeira Angola). She plays an important role as a female Mestra in Capoeira.

She has visited Japan twice since 2014.

Mestre poloca

Paulo Barreto

Capoeira Angola Mestre. Member of staff at the Federal University of Bahia. His daily activities include teaching, and he has a special interest on the education of local children. In 1983, he started training capoeira with GCAP in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, becoming a contra mestre.

He has visited Japan three times in 2014, 2016, and 2018.

Having a talent for communicating with children, and held workshops for kids and adults in Kyoto and Tokyo in 2016.

QUEEN NZINGA

Queen Nzinga Mbandi Ngola (1581 to 1663) of the Ndongo (Angola) and Matamba Kingdoms is a key figure in the history of African struggle against European colonization. She led a four-decade resistance against the Portuguese who were raiding African territories for the purpose of human trafficking. The Portuguese occupation of Central Africa began in 1576 when they seized the land on the coast of Ndongo, renamed it Angola, and established present-day Luanda, Angola’s capital, to be a center for the slave trade. King Ngola Kiluanji, Nzinga's father, resisted the invasion of his territory for many years. He was succeeded by his son Ngola Mbandi who also was initially able to resist the invaders, but he eventually succumbed to them. The lands became so distraught that the Portuguese could no longer capture people to sell as slaves, so they wished to form a peace treaty. ​ King Mbandi sent his sister Nzinga to negotiate with the Portuguese to ensure the independence of their lands. However, the Portuguese were never faithful to the treaty and continued their occupation. Nzinga did not want her kingdom to be subjected by a foreign power, and disagreed with the submission of African leaders to the Portuguese, including her brother’s. When Mbandi died under mysterious circumstances, she took over command of the resistance groups as Queen of Ngondo and defended her country against the Portuguese. ​ She formed alliances with Africans who escaped slavery, Portuguese-trained African soldiers, and Jaga warriors to form quilombos, or resistance communities, similar to the ones used by her contemporary Zumbi of Palmares in Brazilian lands. Thus, she achieved victory against the Portuguese and established a relative peace, remaining queen until her death at age 82.

 

ABOUT NZINGA KYOTO

During our regular practice at the Kyoto branch of Group Nzinga, we play the main instrument, berimbau and other instruments, practice singing, and practice moving the body along with the music and rhythms.  As we train our mind and body through capoeira, we learn the spirituality and philosophy of capoeira.

Nzinga Kyoto was founded from May 5, 2015 The members include children and adults of all ages and genders.

We are recruiting new members all the time, so please feel free to visit and join us!

Photos of the group

ABOUT THE TEACHERS IN KYOTO

Capoeira Angola Group Nzinga Kyoto

contramestre - kosuke

Kosuke Arakawa

Started Capoeira in Kyoto in 2002, and visited Brazil several times to train.

He lived in São Paulo from 2009-2013, and began training at the São Paulo branch of Group Nzinga.  He worked at a photo studio and majored in photography at the University of the Arts (FAAP).

In 2014, he returned to Japan and invited three Group Nzinga teachers to Japan for an event he hosted called Ginga Nzinga inviting three Group Nzinga teachers to Japan, and was awarded the rank of Trainee (Treinel) .On May 5, 2015 Group Kyoto was created official to be a base for training Kyoto.  At present, we actively carry out Capoeira activities throughout the country.

 

2016 - 2017: Held capoeira classes at Kyoto International School

November 2017: Received rank of Contramestre in Brazil.

 

While learning and teaching Capoeira Angora, He also focuses on spreading knowledge of capoeira outside our classes. In addition to regular classes, he give workshops overseas and throughout Japan.

 

He believes it is important to interact with many people, regardless of organization or style.  

 

Through the vehicle of capoeira, his everyday focus is on teaching, especially to children, about how to create a gender equal world free from discrimination.

Capoeira Angola Group Nzinga Kyoto

Emilie

Emilie Tsuru Devaux

Group Nzinga Kyoto: Instructor

 

PhD, University of Kyoto. French language teacher.

Started capoeira in 2005. From 2012 to 2013 she lived in São Paulo from 2012-2013 and started training at the São Paulo branch of Group Nzinga. Upon returning to Kyoto she helped with the establishment of Group Nzinga Kyoto.

She is currently teaching classes for the group while deepening her knowledge of Capoeira Angola.

Capoeira Angola Group Nzinga Kyoto

Treinela - Yumi

Group Nzinga Kyoto: Treinela

Vegan chef and restaurant owner. Sunny Place Kyoto.

Started capoeira in 2014 and joined Nzinga Kyoto in 2015.

She helped with the establishment of Group Nzinga Kyoto.

She is currently teaching classes for the group while deepening her knowledge of Capoeira Angola.

 

GROUP NZINGA AROUND THE WORLD

Brazil
Salvador, bahia

Mestras - Janja, Paulinha

Mestre Poloca

Treinelas - Bruninha, Joana

Treineis - BR, Jon, Leo, Marquito, Raphael

São paulo, SP

Mestre Tião Carvalho

Contramestra Manoela

Contramestre Gabriel Lima Verde

Treinelas - Ana Paula, Gabi, Lara, Raquel, Simone

Treineis - Carica, Maurinho

brazilia, df  Facebook do Nzinga Brasília

Contramestre Denis  

Treinelas - Ana Paula, Bia, Karin

Treinel Haroldo

Rio de janeiro, rj

Contramestre Adrian

Germany

Marburg  Facebook do Nzinga Marburg

Treinela Gundi

Treineis - Heiko, Thomas

argentina

buenos aires  Facebook do Nzinga Buenos Aires 

Treinelas - Ana, Jazmin, Julia

colombia

cali  Facebook do Nzinga Cali

Treinela Andrea

Treinel José

leticia

Treinel Rica

USA

atlanta  Site do Nzinga Atlanta  /  Facebook do Nzinga Atlanta

Treinela Myriam

north carolina

Treinela Courtney

Japan

kyoto  Site do Nzinga Kyoto / Facebook do Nzinga Kyoto

Contramestre Kosuke

Treinela Yumi

mexico

Mexico city  Facebook do Nzinga DF Mexico

Jose

guadalajara  Facebook do Nzinga Guadalajara

Treinela Romy

Mozambique

maputo  Facebook do Nzinga Maputo

Treineis - Fernandinho, Mitó

uruguay

ciudad de la costa

Treinela Victoria