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    Capoeira Água de Beber is a proud member of the United Capoeira Association

    Água de Beber Teachers

    Mestre Galego  


    Mestre Patrick “Galego” Hilligan has been practicing capoeira continuously since 1990 under the guidance of his teachers, Mestre Acordeon and Mestre Rã. In the year 2000 he graduated from his Mestres’ academy and opened his own school, becoming the first North American to do so. Since than he has continued to teach and operate his school in Sacramento, California, teaching over 8000 classes to date, and performing with his students all over Northern California. Galego has travelled to Brazil seven times, and speaks Portuguese fluently. He holds Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Physical Education, and has taught capoeira at Sacramento State University. In 2013 he was awarded the title of Mestre, becoming one of only a few non-Brazilians to do so. In 2018 Mestre Galego published his book, Playing in the Light—My Journey with the Art of Capoeira, which chronicles his career and how he made his dreams come true. The book includes a forward written by Mestre Acordeon, in which he writes:
    “Just as I made a brave leap into the unknown by coming to the U.S. With capoeira, Galego has leapt as well. His commitment to capoeira, made so many years ago, has blossomed into a career. Decades later, he and I are still talking and playing capoeira, intrigued by its never-ending profundity and reach. Enjoy this voyage, in which an unlikely Irish-American guy finds himself at the right place and right moment to begin his capoeira story and to become a part of capoeira’s history beyond Brazil.”


    Cordão Azuls and Professors

    ADB student instructors teach classes at Move! and other locations, especially the cordão azuls, or upper level students.  Cordão azul refers to the blue cord given to individuals who have at least 5 years training.  Currently active ADB Azuls include Macarrão, Castanho, Bebida, Caçador, Força, Moleque, Urshinho, and Largatixa.  ADB has four graduated students so far, Professor Irmão, Professora Caxias, Professora Borbulias, and Professor Bode.


    United Capoeira Association Teachers 

    Mestre Acordeon

    Ubirajara Almeida is a student of legendary Mestre Bimba and was one of the first capoeira masters to perform and teach in the United States.  In 1979 he began his work in the Bay Area, building a group and a school.  Mestre Acordeon wrote the first book in English about capoeira, has recorded 13 albums of capoeira music, is responsible for introducing capoeira to several generations of North Americans, and continues to be one of the most infuluential masters around the world.

    Mestra Suelly, Mestre Acordeon, Mestre Rã

     Mestre Rã

    Casio Martinho was born in Jundai, Brazil where he practiced capoeira since his childhood.  He lived in Bahia where he studied and performed capoeira with many old masters.  Later Mestre Rã trained with Mestre Suassuna in São Paulo and won several national capoeira competitions.  In the 90's Mestre Rã lived in the Bay Area where he worked with Mestre Acordeon and co-founded the United Capoeira Association.  Today Mestre Rã continues to teach capoeira at his school in Jundai.

    Mestra Suelly

    Suellen Einarsen started learning capoeira in 1982.  In 2000 she became the first american woman to earn the title of mestre, establishing herself as a pioneer and role model.  Mestra Suelly has taught and performed capoeira all over the world as well as helping to establish and direct the United Capoeira Association.  Today she continues to teach capoeira together with Mestre Acordeon at their school in Berkeley and around the world.

    2005 United Capoeira Association formatura (graduation)

    As well as Água de Beber in Sacramento, the United Capoeira Association includes branches in Berkeley (Mestre Acordeon, Mestra Suelly), Jundiai Brazil (Mestre Rã), Denver (Mestre Galo), Tucson (Contramestre Enxu), Los Angeles (Professor Guatambu), Miami (Professora India), Ukiah (Professor Carranca), and Hayward (Professor Recruta).