Mestre Pastinha

Capoeira is a martial art that combines elements of fight, acrobatics, music, dance and rituals in a very elegant and magnetic way. Performed by two people, it is often called “Capoeira game” that is played, not fought. Capoeira is always played with a smile on your face symbolizing that capoeiristas are not afraid of any danger that is coming.
The uniqueness of Capoeira will give your body physical strength, power and flexibility and your mind self-confidence, concentration, courage and creativity. Many people say that Capoeira is one of the best things that happened in their lives. However, the only way to truly understand the magnetism of Capoeira is to see it and try it yourself.

Capoeira History

Although there are few official history records, it is known that Capoeira was created nearly 500 years ago in Brazil by African slaves (mainly from Angola). Taken from their homes against their will and kept in slavery, they started inventing fighting techniques to defend themselves. To hide their inside combats from other prisoners, the African slaves used their traditional music, singing and dancing. Capoeira continued its development and soon became not only a way of  self-defense but also a weapon in rebellion.

 Capoeira Through the Years

At first, Capoeira was considered illegal in Brazil and everyone who played it was arrested. However, a man known as Mestre Bimba did not let Capoeira down. He placed great efforts in convincing the Brazilian authorities that Capoeira has a great cultural value and should become an official fighting style. He succeeded in his attempts and created Capoeira Regional style. In 1932, he created the first Capoeira School – Academia-escola de Capoeira Regional at the Engenho de Brotas in Salvador-Bahia. Thus, Mestre Bimba made what was once considered illegal an official martial art.
In 1942, Mestre Pastinha opened the first Capoeira Angola school – Centro Esportivo de Capoeira. At that time, Capoeira was still practiced by poor black Brazilians. Few years later, however, few Capoeira Mestres began to teach Capoeira in the United States and Europe.

Capoeira Today

Nowadays, Capoeira is a very popular martial art all over the world. It is often included in schools and universities programs. You can see it in movies, music clips, etc. It is also known that Capoeira has influenced several dancing styles like brake dance and hip-hop.
Although, Capoeira has changed during these years, the two main Capoeira styles – Capoeira Angola and Capoeira Regional continue to be practiced in today’s Capoeira Schools.

Capoeira UNICAR

Grupo Capoeira UNICAR (União Internacional de Capoeira Regional) was founded in 2002, based on Associação de Capoeira Mestre Vermelho 27 which was the association of different groups led by former students of Mestre Vermelho 27. Masters Marinheiro, Zambi, Traira, Nelsinho and Saguin and Polish professor Sem Memoria decided to cooperate under one logo, UNICAR.

Unicar is present in Brazil, United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, Italy, Ukraine and Angola.