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.
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!