Contra-Mestre Piolho

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Contra-Mestre Piolho

  • Biographie de Contra-Mestre Piolho

Formé par Mestre Chicote, fondateur du Groupe Cordão de Ouro Paris, Mestre Chicote pratique la capoeira depuis 30 ans et l’enseigne depuis plus de 20 ans.

Après avoir été professeur au Brésil et aux Etats-Unis, il a rejoint la France et a créé en 2005 l’académie parisienne du groupe Cordão de Ouro. Capoeiriste expérimenté et fin connaisseur de la capoeira, il transmet les techniques des différents styles de capoeira: regional, angola, et miudinho, le jeu spécifique au groupe Cordão de Ouro.

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Rafael Braga Araujo – Contra-Mestre Piolho

A young skinny Rafael spent his childhood growing up in the small Brazilian town of Patos de Minas. He was a hardworking young man who started to make his own money at the age of eight, selling ice lollies off a little cart for his neighbour! Ice lollies were followed by candyfloss then tangerines! Yet this hardworking spirit never seemed to make it through the school gates… Rafael found it difficult to engage with school, he was restless.

One spring day he passed in front of the local church hall and something caught his eye, they were playing capoeira. Being Brazilian born and bred he knew about capoeira of course, but he decided he wanted to know capoeira, at so, at the age of nine his capoeira journey began. His weedy size and remarkable ability for jumping and later acrobatics earned him the nickname of Piolho – the Portuguese word for flea! Since the beginning he has been taught and mentored by his Mestre ‘Chicote’, (which means ‘whip’ – very fitting, he has certaintly whipped Piolho and many others into shape over the years!)

He had found his passion. He spent every free moment training capoeira, where school was uninspiring and he was unengaged, capoeira motivated and drove him, taught him self discipline and respect. Capoeira was to be and still is his education and he’s proud of it!

His desire to share capoeira and help inspire others started early; at the age of 14 he started giving free classes for children from difficult homes. Despite being in tricky circumstances himself, with Mestre Chicote he travelled Brazil to learn more about capoeira and met many inspiring people and made many friends along the way, often having to hitchhike to get to the next event!

Mestre Chicote was soon to leave for pastures new, passing by the USA on the way to Paris, France. And so, after ten years of training and dedication, at the age of nineteen Piolho received the invitation of a lifetime, to go and start a new life working with capoeira in Paris. After four years in Paris teaching children and adults, being invited to teach at events throughout Europe, Israel, Russia and beyond and making many lifelong friends, Piolho moved to the French city of Tours where he continued to develop his own group and students. He taught in Primary schools, holiday camps and the city University as well as running regular classes for children and adults, organising performances and a special performance to celebrate France’s National Music Day (21st June). Highlights of his work in Tours were founding and directing the first two editions of the international capoeira event ‘Festival Balanço na Ginga’ (October 2009 and 2010) each of which welcomed over 100 students and teachers from France, England, Spain, Israel, Russia, Italy, Germany, the USA and Brazil. He was the lead choreographer for the show for this event which included Capoeira, Maculêlê, Samba, Afro-brazilian dance and contemporary dance.

Through capoeira he also found love! Since 2008 Piolho and Jane have been building their life and their work together, sharing their passion for capoeira and travelling together as far afield as India where they worked with a group of children and young in the Bainganwadi slum of Mumbai as part of the CAti-patang-POEIRA project.

The autumn of 2011 saw them make the move to Jane’s home town of Manchester, where they began working on the Rastros no Ar social enterprise; Piolho’s aim is to inspire a new generation of capoeira, one that open to all.

In January 2012, in the heat of Bahia, Brazil, he achieved a very special graduation in Capoeira in front of the most distinguished Mestres and teachers and is now very proud to be Contra-Mestre Piolho!

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