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ICAF Portland is a non-profit educational organization committed to the cultivation, preservation, and growth of the African Brazilian cultural art form Capoeira Angola. Our goal is the creation of a strong and vibrant community committed to social transformation through empowering individuals to overcome both self and societally imposed limitations.

The FICA Study Group has been training in Portland since the beginning of 2008. The efforts have been continually supported by Mestre Jurandir and ContraMestre Silvinho, who oversee the study group with regular monthly visits and special workshops. In January 2009, the group celebrated the opening of a new studio at 707 NE Broadway #203. The study group has always been open to all, from beginners to experienced angoleiros.


Mestre Jurandir Nascimento founded the International Capoiera Angola Foundation Seattle in 1997. A small group of students invited him from Brazil to teach them the philosophy, movement and music of Capoeira Angola.

Mestre Jurandir worked tirelessly to bring the rich traditions of Capoeira Angola to the Pacific Northwest. The first classes were held at Miller Community Center on Capitol Hill. Mestre Jurandir also taught workshops in various schools in the greater Seattle area.For many years ICAF Seattle trained in a studio of their own where he taught music and movements, and endowed students with his rich knowledge and philosophy of Capoeira Angola.

Mestre Jurandir lived and taught in Seattle until 2005. The community he worked so hard to create continues to grow. Mestre’s Jurandir’s first Contra Mestre, Silvinho from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, currently leads the group.

ICAF Seattle is now based in the culturally diverse Ranier Valley neighborhood.

Mestre Jurandir visits Seattle often to give workshops, demonstrations, and lectures.

Silvio Aleixo Dos Reis, Contramestre Silvinho, Belo Horizonte, Brazil-USA

He has dedicated 23 years of his life to Capoeira Angola. He started capoeira with Mestre Rogerio,Belo horizonte/Brazil in 1986 and as Mestre Jurandir's student he was the leader of FICA-BH for 8 years.

In Belo Horizonte he has taught for social programs created by the city council such as Homeless People and for street kids, named Kids in the Park. There he also taught for a Youth Project created to teach African Brazilian music, drums, and dance known as Tambolele.

Since 2004 he has leading the International Capoeira Angola Foundation, ICAF Seattle, founded in 1997 by Mestre Jurandir, as well as the TESC Capoeira Angola Club at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, which was started by Evergreen students under Mestre Jurandir leadership since 1998.

Contramestre Silvinho has taught at middle and high schools in Seattle and vicinities since 2004 while supporting the development of other ICAF Groups in the USA. He has presented and have been supporting the development of ICAF African Brazilian Community Festivals in Seattle and Olympia.He has been traveling and presenting at conferences in the USA since 2000.


Our studio is at 707 NE Broadway, #203


Capoeira Angola is an Afro-Brazilian art form--a fluid, rhythmic martial art; a ritual; a dance of deceptive vulnerability, wit, and grace. The intricate movements of Capoeira Angola weave tradition, history, spirituality, and philosophy into a uniquely beautiful "game". Like many African based traditions, it is orally transmitted from masters (mestres) to students.

Capoeira was used by enslaved Africans in Brazil to fight against colonial oppression. After emancipation of the slaves, Capoeira continued to develop in Brazil, however, it was outlawed for almost 400 years and so it was practiced in secret. To teach and practice Capoeira Angola was legalized in the 1930's. It survives because of the wisdom and dedication of a handful of mestres and their devoted students.

Played in a circle (roda), the game (jogo) of Capoeira Angola is an improvised combination of movements, a mix of acrobatics, rituals, and dance. The players respectfully demonstrate their skills in Capoeira while singing songs in Portugese and playing instruments.


FICA Portland Study Group
707 NE Broadway, #203
Portland, OR 97228


FICA Seattle is pleased to host the upcoming 16th Annual International Encounter of Capoeira Angola!
September 2 - 5, 2010
FICA Seattle Studio and Camp River Ranch in Carnation, WA
Capoeira Angola Workshops
African Dance and samba Workshops
Movie Presentation: Rhythmic Uprising

Camp River Ranch is located 45 miles east of Seattle, near Carnation and provides a beautiful 430 acre camp in the foothils of the Cascades.
The conference will start Thursday evening in Seattle at the studio for registration and Open Roda.
That night we will leave from the space to Camp River Ranch to spend 3 nights full of energy, dance, percussions and Capoeira Angola workshops divided by experience.
In attendance will be Mestre Jurandir, Mestre Valmir, Contra-mestre Silvinho, and others to be announced.
Early registration is $150.00 includes food, transport, and housing. Due by August 1, 2010.
After August 1st cost is $175.oo
Send registration forms via email to
And send checks (and registration forms) to: 707 NE Broadway #203, Portland, OR, 97232