Family Capoeira History
Capoeira was always a part of our family, for at least three generations. Starting in Brazil and ending in the United States, via Rio de Janeiro, our story has been connected to Capoeira. Capoeira Mall is the fruit of that passion for Capoeira.
With Capoeira Mall, we wanted to create something that provided Capoeiristas with something unique. To bring a creative approach to Capoeira equipment and clothing. From our locally-sourced bamboo berimbaus to our one-of-a-kind designs for casual wear, we aim to make Capoeira stuff that is accessible and beautiful.
Who are we?
Mestre Beiçola is a 30-year master of Capoeira and founder of Grupo Besouro and Grupo Narahari. Now based in East Palo Alto, CA, Beiçola has performed and taught workshops throughout the world, including Japan, Guam, Saipan, Spain, France, and Germany, in addition to the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Hawaii, Ohio, Oregon, and Kentucky.
A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Beiçola first came to the United States in 1988 with the samba extravaganza “Oba Oba,” a company of 70 top Brazilian musicians, capoeiristas, and dancers. Performing in 12 separate acts, Beiçola toured theaters from Broadway to Hollywood before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the last 20 years, he has taught Capoeira, Brazilian dance, percussion and stringed instruments at the region’s top universities, including Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and California State Universities of Hayward and San Jose.
A teacher of all ages and socio-economic conditions, Beiçola has instructed children at numerous pre-school, elementary, middle and high schools, at juvenile halls and in senior centers. He remains a long-time instructor of kids classes a the City of Palo Alto’s recreation department and continues to instruct hundreds of students in the South Bay at his Brazivedas home-studio.
Pedro de Sá has lived around Capoeira his whole life. He is a son of Mestre Beiçola, he is also a Capoeira practitioner and artist.
Pedro started studying art and graphic design in Brazil. He studied at SENAC (Serviço Nacional de Aprendizagem Comercial) and received certifications on drawing, commercial design, and comic book writing and art. While in the U.S., he has also taken art classes at Foothill College, De Anza College, and Merritt College to improve his technique.
A student of Mestre Marcelo Caveirinha, Pedro started late on Capoeira but has been an avid Capoeirista since. Capoeira has served as an inspiration for a lot of his artwork. All artwork is made by him especially for Capoeira Mall.