About Capoeira Asheville
Our mission is to utilize the traditional Afro-Brazilian art of Capoeira Angola to promote the health, well-being and development of the Asheville community through capoeira classes, performances, and community outreach. Additionally, we seek to contribute to the cultural diversity of the Western North Carolina region, creating a basis for cultural exchange between Brazil and the US.
CECA: The First Capoeira Angola Academy
Centro Esportivo de Capoeira Angola (CECA) comes form a long tradition of education and preservation of the African-Brazilian art form of Capoeira Angola. Mestre Pastinha opened the first official Capoeira Angola school in 1941 and coined the name CECA. Following Pastinha's death, his student Mestre Joao Pequeno continued the legacy of the CECA Academy. Today the CECA academy continues to thrive due to the hard work and dedication of capoeira teachers graduated by Mestre Joao Pequeno including our mestre, Mestre Pe de Chumbo.
Our groups lineage
Capoeira in Asheville, NC
The Centro Esportivo de Capoeira Angola Asheville (CECAA) was founded by Mestre Pe de Chumbo in June of 2006. Mestre Pe de Chumbo currently lives in Brazil and in his absence left trained students to give classes, performances and workshops. Professor Mestrando Stefan and Trenel Jashwant now give weekly classes in addition to giving workshops at various venues in the southeastern area. The group is proud to be able to host Mestre Pe de Chumbo and other Brazilian capoeira teachers yearly.