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HEAD INSTRUCTOR

CONTRAMESTRE POLEGAR

My name is Vincius G. Da Silva, born in Goiania Brazil in 1976.  I first began training Capoeira when I was 9 years old but only trained for 2 months because I have a big family and my parents couldn't afford to continue to pay for my classes.  I began training Capoeira for the second time when I was 15 years old. 

One of my brothers, Antonio F. Da Silva Junior, was a Capoeira Contra-Mestre called Furacao which means tornado in English.  He gave me the nickname Polegar and he helped me to train.

My brother was a great teacher and gave me inspiration to continue my training.  He helped me to channel my energy into something good and was a positive role model in my life. 

Sadly my Brother passed away but his influence over me lives on.  He can no longer practise Capoeira anymore but I feel it is my responsibility and my honour to continue to help inspire other young people as he did with me.

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For those of us who practise Capoeira (Capoeiristas), it is more than a sport or a hobby, but a philosophy by which we live our lives.  It helps keep me mentally balanced, my body fit and healthy, gives me discipline and a sense of a achievement in my life.  It is also a great way to enjoy meeting people from other walks of life as our group embraces diversity and prides itself on an ethos of tolerance, acceptance and respect.

I have now been training in Capoeira for over 20 years.  I have 9 years experience of teaching both adults and children and I regularly participate in workshops and training events with Mestre Pequines and other senior teachers to continue to develop my own skills. 

I came to London in 2003 to help with the expansion of Group Capoera Nago.  I continue to live and work in London and I am always looking for new projects to become involved with.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to find out more, I look forward to hearing from you!