Contra Mestre Bomba

About the Instructor, Contra-Mestre Bomba

Whether you are a beginner or have years of experience, you will enjoy learning from Contra-Mestre Bomba.

contra mestre bomba capoeira DCContra-Mestre Bomba was born in Bahia, Brazil, and has practiced capoeira for twenty-eight years. He became interested in capoeira at the age of ten after he saw his father, a well-known capoeirista, fighting in a roda.

Because his mother prohibited him from practicing capoeira, which at the time was seen as an outlaw fringe activity, Bomba initially trained in secret under Mestre Buguelo of Grupo Cativeiro in Bahia in 1980.

He later moved to Grupo Esquiva where he trained under Mestre Coentro, and in 1985 joined his current group, Barro Vermelho, where he has trained under Mestre Benivaldo. Bomba attained the rank of Professor, and was later promoted to Contra-Mestre.

Prior to his 2008 arrival in Washington, D.C., Contra-Mestre Bomba taught capoeira in Bahia, Brazil for seventeen years to both Brazilians and non-Brazilians.

In addition to teaching adults, he was actively involved in his community teaching capoeira to young children. In Brazil he has worked with Projeto Axé and Projeto IBG and most recently trained youth at the community organization, Clube Amazonas, where he lived at the Sofitel in Salvador, Bahia.

Since 2008, he has been teaching capoeira classes and workshops throughout Washington DC and New York, NY for both adults and children.

As of 2012, Barro Vermelho Washington DC increased its class schedule from once a week to three times a week and moved into its current home at All Souls Church at 1500 Harvard St NW.

If you would like Contra Mestre Bomba to teach at your group’s workshop, inquire about private lessons, or simply ask a highly experienced contra-mestre your questions about capoeira, please contact him here or email bombabahia (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  3. […] Contra Mestre Bomba has been teaching the art of Capoeira in Bahia, Brazil and more recently, in Washington, DC,  for more than 20 years. Class is conducted largely in Portuguese, however students can easily learn by example. Children learning Spanish in their classes will have an opportunity to practice their vocabulary as well. […]

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  9. Saundrea Burton says:

    How much do you charge for group lessons? How much do you charge for private lessons? Thanks, Saundrea

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