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Axé Capoeira in the Classroom

Discipline: Dance, Interdisciplinary, Music, Theatre
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English, French, Portuguese

Marcus Aurelio (Lelo), Professor Barraozinho, was born in the city of Recife in the northeast of Brazil. He began training Capoeira at the age of three with his father Mestre Barrao, whom he accompanied to his classes, Capoeira events and street rodas. Professor Barraozinho's passion for Capoeira has lead him to focus on nothing but his studies and his training. At the age of nine he moved to Canada with his parents where he continued to train and also began to perform in many shows, school demonstrations and festivals in British Columbia, Canada and abroad. Also, at that young age he had his first experience in a recording studio where he sang a track on the CD Axé Capoeira Vol. II. Since then he has had many achievements and successes, sung chorus and played instruments on all of Mestre Barrao's subsequent albums and even sang another track on the most recent Vol. VI. He has performed on various films, tv shows and commercials, commission motion capture for popular video games and helped his father to make an instructional video series for Panther Productions. In the year 2000, Professor Barraozinho won second place out of 250 participants in the International Capoeira Competition in Brazil, as well as winning the recent Axé Capoeira International Competition in 2005. In the same year Barraozinho competed in several mixed martial arts competitions where he placed very highly with his new 20-second knockout video. Over the past few years he has accompanied his father to events and encounters in various countries such as Canada, USA, Poland, Russia, Turkey, France, Spain, Greece, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Virgin Islands, Brazil and many other locations around North America. Today he is the owner and manager of one of Axé Capoeira's Academies in Vancouver, Canada. His style and creativity in the game is motivational to many and has made him one of today's most influential young Capoeira players.


The teachers were impressed with the overall presentation and how Marcus was able to teach and lead the students at a level that all the children were able to engage in and take something away. Agnes Krammer, Learning Resources Teacher, St. James and St. Ann's Elementary

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Capoeira Workshops

As one of the most popular and widely reputed martial arts academies in Vancouver, Grupo Axé Capoeira would like to offer you the opportunity to introduce your students to a unique and interdisciplinary art form that has inspired thousands of children, youth, and adults since taking root in the city in 1990. With its emphasis on active health, the arts, and cultural appreciation, we believe that capoeira fills a much-needed niche in the education of today's students, particularly in light of observed rising obesity rates among Canadian children and youth. As an Afro-Brazilian art form, capoeira will teach students an appreciation for multiculturalism through music played on traditional Afro-Brazilian instruments, songs sung in Portuguese, and aspects of Brazilian dance. All the while, students will also expend pent-up energy to renew focus for the classroom, by participating in intensive physical activity through training capoeira self-defense movements and supplementary physical conditioning, with many benefits. The Axé Capoeira In-School Student Program makes it easy and convenient for teachers to provide their students with a novel and enriching multicultural experience. On-site weekly classes may be arranged for students of any age, of any number, for any length of time (40-90 minutes recommended), at any time during the school day. We will fit our classes seamlessly into the school timetable, whether during lunch, P.E., after school care, or otherwise. Teachers are then free to focus on other students or responsibilities for the duration of the class, while recess and lunchtime supervisors may rest assured that active students are expending their energy safely and productively.

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