Mestre Preguiça

Wandenkolk Manoel De Oliveira, known around the world as Mestre Preguiça, studied under the legendary Mestre Bimba in Bahia, Brazil, from whom he graduated in 1963. Two years later, he moved to Rio de Janeiro and along with Rafael Flores Viana and Fernando Cavalcante Albuquerque (Mestre Gato), founded Grupo Senzala. In the late 60’s there were very few competitions open to capoeiristas, the premier of these being the Berimbau de Ouro (Golden Berimbau). With the help of other capoeiristas, the group was able to enter the competition. On their first attempt at the tournament, to everyone’s surprise, the Senzala team (featuring Gato and Preguiça), won and did so again the following year. On their third attempt the hosting Capoeira Association prevented Gato and Preguiça from entering, claiming that only students were allowed to participate… Not masters! Gato and Preguiça protested that they were not masters, only students. The Capoeira Association then responded saying that due to their record over the past two years they were being recognized as masters (Mestres). As Gato and Preguiça were unable to enter the Berimbau de Ouro, they began to train another team from Grupo Senzala to enter the tournament. This new team, under the technical direction of Mestre Preguiça, featured Mosquito (means the same in English) and Borracha (rubber), which won. News of this spread throughout the Brazilian capoeira community. Many people traveled to see, train and try out this new group of capoeiristas, and the Senzala style of capoeira became the predominant style all over Brazil. In the 20 years he spent in Rio, Mestre Preguiça graduated 10 Mestres. After touring 23 countries with a Brazilian Dance Company and recieving degrees in physical education in Brazil and Europe, Mestre Preguiça came to the San Francisco Bay Area to expand the art in the United States. In 1986 he founded Omulu Capoeira Group of San Francisco. Mestre Preguiça’s work and dedication has now spread throughout the U.S., with branches in Wisconsin, Illinois, New York and Massachusetts, besides the numerous academies throughout the state of California. Today he leads the Omulu Capoeira group of Los Angeles, California.

Mestre Carlos Aceituno
April 9, 1961 - September 27, 2006

Mestre Carlos Aceituno stemed from a legacy of Afro-Brazilian dance and music culture. He pioneered in the San Francisco Bay Area as the founder of Grupo Carnavalesco Fogo Na Roupa. Under Mestre Preguiça's leadership, he formed Grupo Kintuari, a capoeira chapter of Omulu Capoeira. In May 2000, he received the prestigious title of "Mestre", the first one achieved outside of Brazil in the United States. While educating and encouraging others, he conducted annual study tours to Brazil with Fogo Na Roupa members. These tours served to enhance his knowledge of Regional Dance and Music Art Forms while keeping abreast of ever-changing popular trends. He trained children, youth and adults throughout the Bay Area at cultural institutions like the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts and the Malonga Casquelourd Center.

Nascue na guatemala

filho de indio

energia de negro

coraçao brasileiro

Viveu para arta

mostrou seu samba

nao tinha dinheiro

mais tinha fama

Sua familia, seus amigos

era sua fortuna

homem do povo

homem da cultura

- Marta Santos