Filhos de Bimba Escola de Capoeira was founded on June 10, 1986 by Manoel Nascimento Machado (Mestre Nenel), the son of Mestre Bimba, the creator of Capoeira Regional and the most influential master of Capoeira. The focus of our school is to educate, train, study, promote and help preserve the traditions and principles of Capoeira Regional and it’s roots in Afro-Bahian culture. Due to the power that capoeira has to captivate people, we are able to work on respect, limits, discipline and development of self-esteem, without differentiating between social class, race, culture, nationality, age, sex, or physical capacity. Much is said today is about progress and evolution, however traditions and attempts to learn about our history are often forgotten. Learning about our past, our roots, and our ancestors provide us with ways to express ourselves in the present so that we can better shape our future. Over the years Filhos de Bimba has expanded across the globe with various schools in Brazilian cities (Limeira SP, Ribeirão Preto SP, São José do Rio Preto, SP, MG Barbacena., Belo Horizonte MG .. and Jaragua do Sul SC) and to other countries such as England, Belgium, Italy, Canada, Croatia, Germany and Lebanon. March 30, 2013 marked the inauguration of Filhos de Bimba Escola de Capoeira—California Bay Area, the 1st branch in the United States! Our school preserves the cultural legacy of Mestre Bimba and the essence of Capoeira Regional including it’s effective methodology of teaching, character building principles and rich traditions and rituals.