Boy, who formed you?
Who gave you so much shelter
Who taught you the beauty
Of dancing within the fight?

-Aú, Ronaldo Santos [trans.]


The founder and master of the Capoeira Aruanda group



Mestre Borracha

Mestre Borracha (José Amorim) is the master of our Capoeira Aruanda school. He was born in Acre, Brazil. From a young age he has dedicated his life to Capoeira. In 1992 Borracha became widely recognised when he was the first Capoeirista to perform a double back somersault without the aid of a sprung floor or gym mats. In 1997 Borracha left his homeland, bound for Sydney Australia. as a teacher with Grupo Capoeira Brasil. In 2005, Borracha & his associates established a new Capoeira group Capoeiracre, named after the Brazilian state in which he was born and raised. In 2007 he changed the name of the group to Capoeira Aruanda, and in 2015 Borracha was awarded his Master's belt by Mestre Boa Gente.  Today Mestre Borracha leads an organisation that stretches across Australia, Germany, and Brazil. 

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