A philosophy of life
Capoeira Guanabara was founded in 1998 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by Mestre Di Mola.
Mestre Di Mola's intention was to create a small, but high quality group with a philosophy to respect human beings, and respect and preserve families. Thanks to his great commitment and loyalty to capoeira, the group Capoeira Guanabara has grown a great deal and expanded to many cities in Brazil and around the world. Throughout Mestre Di Mola's long history in capoeira, he has taught courses in many cities in Brazil, the USA, Sweden, Holland, Spain, Israel, France, Belgium, and Canada Mestre Di Mola has been living in Sweden since 2003 with his family. He has taught the art of capoeira to many and produced many excellent capoeiristas, including graduating three mestres in 2013 (Mestre Nego Gato-Campinas, Brazil, Mestre Polar-Itapevi, Brazil, and Mestra Pintada-Sweden).
Capoeira is an African-Brazilian art form that combines dance, martial arts, music and acrobatics. Africans in Brazil created Capoeira over 400 years ago as a way to defend themselves and maintain their culture in the face of the harsh and oppressive conditions of slavery. Capoeira and Capoeiristas - those who practice the art - have survived tremendous odds to develop their art form while facing discrimination from the upper and middle classes of Brazilian society. Capoeira was illegal to practice up until the early 1930s, when legendary Mestre Bimba founded the first legal Capoeira Academy and created a new, contemporary style of the art, Capoeira Regional. Practiced in a circle called a roda (pronounced ho-dah) and accompanied by live music, Capoeira can be graceful or combative as the situation dictates. Originally considered a lower class pastime, Capoeira is now a living art and profound social force throughout the world.