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 (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. 


The Teaching Team for our Mayfield West Capoeira Classes



Quebra (Chris Baird) teaches our kids and open adult classes. He has studied a wide range of martial arts, including Aikido, Kung-Fu, and Kali (FMA), and has been studying Capoeira under Mestre Borracha since 2008. He is a qualified High School teacher (his day job), and has worked as a circus performer as a member of The Brothers Bengali (with fellow capoeirista, David 'Padeiro' Baker). He has also worked as a gymnastics and parkour coach at Springloaded. He was awarded his Graduado cord in 2013 by Grande Mestre Boa Gente, and his blue/green cord by Mestre Borracha in 2016. His nickname 'Quebra' means "to break" which came from his tendency (early in his Capoeira career) to disrupt the flow of the game as he entered the roda. 



Serenata (Rebekah Parkes) has been studying Capoeira under Mestre Borracha since 2011, and grew up around martial arts. She has studied Capoeira in Brazil, and Eskrima (De Campo 1-2-3 original) in the Philippines. Serenata holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree as a Vocal major, from the University of Newcastle, and was a founding member of the art music group Tone Camerata; a key participant in the University of Newcastle World Music Ensemble; and is currently lead singer in the world music trio, Big Jarda. Along with Eskrima (FMA) and Capoeira, she teaches singing, as well as circus skills on the silks and static trapeze, and performs as a member of Soulfire Circus. Her nickname 'Serenata' means "to Serenade" and was given to her by Mestre Borracha for reasons that are probably obvious.

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