Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Leandro Riberio Braga, most known as Rã. (Rã is a species of toad in Brazil) began to practice Capoeria in 1997 with Mestre Nevoeiro of grupo Equlibrio. It was there when he learned his first lessons and fundamentals in Capoeira.
In 2000, he decided to expand his training by searching for a bigger more established Capoeira group. His first contact with grupo Senzala took place in the Rio Pequeno neighborhood in the east side of São Paulo. After attending an event organized by Mestre Ulisses (a teacher back then) he meet other legendary Capoeristas such Mestre, Peixinho, Ramos, Toni Vargas, Flavio and others.
Rã decided that he wanted to be a part of grupo Senzala and began training with Mestre Ulisses. After Ulisses had to move his academy, Rã began training with Ulysses’ sister, Contra-Mestre Nega.
In 2004, Rã began his law studies at the Universidade da Cidade de Osasco. For this motive he stopped training until 2008.
By the time he restarted his training with grupo Senzala, Ra’s new teacher Contra-Mestre Nega, moved to the city of Sète in France to represent Capoeira Senzala.
In 2011, Rã was invited by Christopher, “Pit Bull” to move and start teaching capoeira in New York City. They began to teach Capoeira cooperatively until January of 2012, when Pit Bull moved to Singapore. Rã continued his work teaching capoeira and had his first official batizado on July 5, 2015 with the presence of important masters from Brazil.
Today, Rã continues to teach Capoeira in New York City.
The berimbau is the soul of the roda. Its origins are ancient. In its earliest forms, it was the first string instrument ever invented by men. It was brought to Brazil by Africans where it was developed to the form we know today. During colonial Brazil, the berimbau was played by street vendors, dancers and even during religious ceremonies. It was called by many names, like urucungu, madimba and mbulumbumba. The berimbau eventually became an essential part of Capoeira. Today, every capoerista learns to play and sing at the rythim of the...read more