I have been training Capoeira since 1997! I was in the 6th grade when I began participating in an afterschool program at Hawthorne Elementary in the Fruitvale District. Capoeira has guided me to become an Instructor of the art and has positively impacted my life in many ways. Capoeira Mandinga has given me the opportunity to travel to many places like Hawaii and Brazil before the age of 16 and also a chance to teach oversees in Shanghai, China in 2009 after receiving my instructor’s belt.
One of my greatest accomplishments has been to give back what was given to me by teaching at many different afterschool programs in my hometown. Capoeira has given me the passion to continue to learn and to share the abundance of goodness it can bring out of people, especially children. I was simply just a little girl who was given the opportunity to explore a culturally rich art and in return I am dedicated to spreading the wealth of what Capoeira can offer.