A Passionate Capoeira Master Spreading Cultural Awareness Worldwide
For over 19 years, Contramestre Sapo has been an unwavering force in the world of Capoeira. As a seasoned teacher, performer, and ambassador of the Afro Brazilian art form, he has dedicated his life to sharing the history and significance of Capoeira as a tool of resistance and a celebration of Afro Brazilian ancestry.
Based in Canada, Contramestre Sapo has made a remarkable impact on the Capoeira community across North America and beyond. Having performed in over 100 festivals in Canada alone, his talent and passion have been recognized and appreciated by audiences worldwide. He has traveled to Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, South America, and beyond, sharing the beauty and power of Capoeira with diverse cultures.
Contramestre Sapo's impact extends far beyond the stage. As a teacher, he has inspired countless students to explore and embrace the cultural richness of Capoeira. Through his teachings, he encourages his students to not only master the physical aspects of Capoeira, but also to delve into its deep cultural roots and historical significance. His mission is to cultivate awareness and appreciation of Capoeira as a way to honor and celebrate the diverse cultural heritage of the Afro Brazilian people.
Contramestre Sapo's commitment to spreading cultural awareness and celebrating the richness of Afro Brazilian culture has earned him the respect and admiration of the Capoeira community and beyond. With his infectious energy and unparalleled expertise, he continues to inspire new generations of Capoeira enthusiasts to learn, appreciate, and celebrate this vibrant art form.
When Justin Miller first encountered Capoeira at a breakdance competition, he was blown away by it’s beauty and strength. Incorporating acrobatics, dance, music, and martial arts he was instantly hooked. Within a year he was in Brazil, with his friend and teacher, Sapo, learning more about the culture and practice of this mysterious art form. It was there that Justin received his nickname, ‘Sorriso”, which means “smile” in Portuguese.
Two years later, in 2006, Sorriso would go on to help Sapo teach classes in Calgary, Alberta. Since then, Sorriso has taught on and off, taking time off for his own practice and to raise his two daughters. His passion for Capoeira has never ceased and he is currently at level of “Instructor” (purple belt.) His interest in movement has
taken him on a path to study hand balancing, gymnastics and yoga which help to complement his classes.
Ojuobá Capoeira's goal is to continue expanding our group's philosophy to use capoeira as a tool and a vehicle for forming great individuals through our teachings and methodology. Our school offers a fun and friendly atmosphere to train in so you can learn capoeira at your own pace.
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