History of Grupo Axé Capoeira

Grupo Axé Capoeira began in Recife, Brazil in 1982. Today, with academies in over 26 countries through out the world, the Group continues to rise as one of the world’s leading Capoeira organizations. Backed by worldwide releases of 9 music albums on CD, the video release of the instructional DVD set through Panther Productions as well as countless DVD’s documenting their major capoeira events, enrollment continues to steadily increase. The Group also continues to travel around the world promoting Brazilian culture, music and dance, and participating in Capoeira competitions as well as showcase capoeira as an effect fighting art in the MMA ring. Axé Capoeira currently has trained multiple professional fighters in MMA circles that reach as high as Bellator and soon The UFC.


Axé Capoeira is working hard to ensure that Capoeira has a strong future. Through research, travel and participating in events, we hope to increase our knowledge in the art and contribute to the evolution of Capoeira. Our goal is for Capoeira to be placed among the most widely practiced and respected martial art forms in the world.

Locally, Professor Bambu is determined to bring Americans in capoeira into a more respected light and remove the  by producing talented well rounded capoeiristas versed in all aspects of Brazilian culture.

Philosophy & Methodology

The philosophy of Grupo Axé Capoeira is to respect all the mestres, preserve the roots and traditions of Capoeira, and train Capoeira in all its aspects: as a fight, art, and culture. We endeavor to teach and educate so that capoeira will grow in a positive healthy way. We attempt to pass on to the students physical and mental methods of training so that they learn to create situations and maintain a dialogue within the game. By playing both with friends and enemies, students learn to deal with any situation in or out of the roda. In North America, we not only teach movements, but the Brazilian language and customs as well. This way, the students will have full understanding of the culture, which is necessary in order to become true capoeiristas.