World Class Capoeira Instructor Visits Cebu City

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World Class Capoeira Instructor Visits Cebu City

Cebu City, February 15, 2011 – World class Capoeira instructor Guerreiro visits Cebu City! Sinha Bahia De Capoeira Internacional, the only Capoeira academy in Cebu City, has a guest instructor in the person of Coach Guerreiro. He will be visiting Cebu City to take part in the Batizado Interno, a very important festival for the Capoeira academy. Sinha Bahia De Capoeira Internacional will be having its Batizado Interno on February 24-26 2011. The Batizado will be consisting of workshops, rodas, Batizado & Troca de Cordas. Guerreiro, together with Instructor Jensen, will also be providing training programs to Capoeira enthusiasts and beginners. It would be a combination of the best skills and mastery as Coach Guerreiro and Instructor Jensen embark on providing world class training to the students of this wonderful art.

Guest Teacher from Australia, Guerreiro, Playing the instrument of Capoeira, Berimbau

What is Capoeira?

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, sports, music, and dance. It was created in Brazil mainly by descendants of African slaves with Brazilian native influences, probably beginning in the 16th century. It is known by quick and complex moves, using mainly kicks and quick leg sweeps, with some ground and aerial acrobatics, knee, elbows, punches and head butts.

The word Capoeira comes from the Tupi-guarani language, referring to the low vegetation areas in the intern part of Brazil.

Who is Guerreiro?

Mouhamad Elabdallah known in the Capoeira world as Coach Guerreiro has 14 years of Capoeira experience. On top of many years of Capoeira experience, he also extensively trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Freestyle Wrestling, Thai Boxing, Western Boxing and Shooto. He learnt kick boxing from Alex Tui, Australia's first world kick boxing champion, at the world famousMundine's Gym (Tony Mundine Boxing Gym, named after the Aboriginal Boxing great Tony Mundine snr and base of former two-time WBA Super Middleweight champion boxer and current IBO Middleweight champion, Anthony Mundine jnr). At Mundine's Gym, Guerreiro also taught Thai Boxing with Khun Kru Gus (from Bangkok, Thailand) and under Alex Tui, Guerreiro was stable mate of Peter Graham, a former world kickboxing champion who currently competes in MMA. Guerreiro has worked almost 6 years in the Security Industry in Sydney, where he has tested Capoeira techniques in the real world as supervisor/head guard at what some consider the roughest and most violent bars
and clubs in the world. He and Instructor Jensen together won a Capoeira tournament in 2002 in Sydney, Australia that had competitors from around the country and at National All Styles tournament in Sydney on August 2003.

Growth of Capoeira

At this point, Capoeira spread like wildfire even beyond the northeast of Brazil, and did not stop until it had enveloped most of the country. It was not long until the beauty of this great art couldn't be contained by Brazil's borders and began to spread to other countries around the world. Capoeira is gaining popularity right now, and it's popping up all over the place. It has also been featured in lots of other media such as commercials, music videos, movies, etc.

Capoeira was featured extensively in the 1993 movie, "Only The Strong". This movie starred Mark Dacascos, an actor/martial artist, and was about a former green beret who lived in Brazil for 4 years and trained in Capoeira. When he came back to his old high school he found it in a miserable state, so he decided to start a program to teach students Capoeira to give them a sense of pride and responsibility.

Capoeira is also featured in the Namco fighting game, Tekken 3 (also Tekken Tag Tournament and Tekken 4) in the form of Eddy Gordo. Not the first video game Capoeirista, but definitely the best and most famous, Eddy Gordo introduced Capoeira to many Americans. Some of Eddy's moves are not Capoeira (gymnastics flare and breakdancing windmill) but everything else is pure Capoeira that was motion captured by Mestre Marcelo Pereria of Capoeira Mandiga in California.

What is Batizado Interno?

A Batizado (literally baptism in Portuguese, and borrowed from the religious tradition) is normally an annual event for a Capoeira group in a region or country. The practice of Capoeira Batizados originates from Capoeira Regional, but has been extended to other styles. Batizados are large events and are very important for the group organizing it. It is the point in the year where the new members will be baptized officially into the group and receive their first cords and where the other members depending on their progress will get a new one. A typical batizado will take several days and consist of workshops, the actual Batizado itself and a Troca das Cordas. Often many groups from more than one region will attend a Batizado for other groups. This allows for development of the game by contact with other players, teachers and styles.

Capoeira Classes in Cebu at:
1. Cebu City Sports Club Academia
2. Mango Square Mall Academia
3. Downtown Academia
Enroll now and experience a combination of the best! Learn the art of self-defense with a combination of exercise, music and play.

For more information visit our website at or contact us at:

Sinha Bahia Capoeira Internacional
Phone: (032) 412 4076
Fax: (032) 231 7537
Cell Ph: +63 932 908 6197

Instructor Jensen, head Instructor of Sinha Bahia Philippines & Guest Teacher from Australia, Guerreiro