CONTRA MESTRE LOBINHO
CONTRA MESTRE LOBINHO
Fabio Cosmo da Cunha, known in the capoeira world as "Contra Mestre Lobinho" began training in 1998 in Sao Paulo, Brazil under Mestre Coruja of the group Cordao de Ouro. Lobinho has been teaching in Ann Arbor, Michigan for 3 years. Around the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area, Lobinho has taught kids programs, adults and persons with disabilities.
As a young boy, he was a student of a non-profit in Brazil to help under priviliaged kids in the community. Coordinated by Mestre Coruja, and under his guidance had the opportunity to train and participate in many capoeira events. In 2006, he received his monitor cord and began participating in live performances, giving classes in social projects and private schools which he continues to do until today. Fabio has experience teaching ages as young as 2, all the way to 70 years old. In Brazil, Fabio also had a class for adults with special needs. He has had the opportunity to travel extensively with Mestre Suassuna and Mestre Coruja and doing so has received training from many other masters of capoeira. He participated in the first training of the miudinho sequences and the first intensive training series taught by Mestre Suassuna. He has also participated in specific trainings on takedowns, kicks and throws among others. In 2012 he received his Professor cord directly from Mestre Suassuna becoming among the few officially authorized to teach the miudinho sequences. Since then he has traveled to France, Mexico, Bolivia , South Korea and USA. In 2013, he received his Contra Mestre Cord from Mestre Suassuna and Mestre Coruja.
João Ricardo Patriota da Silva, born in Caruaru - PE, began practicing Capoeira in 1996. He began in Capoeira with the group “Cordão de Ouro”, where he remains to this day. In the same year of 1996, he received his first degree belt (green cord), having the honor of being named by Mestre Espirro-Mirim (CDO) and surprisingly it was in the same year that Mestre Coruja also started his life in Capoeira as Capoeira teacher .
In 1997, Mestre Coruja held his first Batziado (belt ceremony). These students, still accompany him to the present day (Cabeção, Buiu and Rafinha). Around this same time, he attended all Capoeira rodas of the region, where he always had great capoeiristas who came to admire and support his early work.
In 1999, Mestre Suassuna visited Mestre Coruja and recognized his work, thus resulting in a 3rd Batizado held by Mestre Coruja with the presence and full support of Mestre Suassuna and other Mestres who attended as guests.
In 2004 at the event “Capoeirando” in Ihéus, Mestre Coruja received his "Contra Mestre" cord (belt) in "Graduation Official Miudinho Generation" recognized by Mestre Suassuna and thus became one of the few to have official recognition from Mestre Suassuna to teach Miudinho the game. Since then he went on to give lectures in various countries such as Israel, USA, Mexico, Japan, France, Belgium, but few have convinced Mestre Coruja to leave his beloved land, Brazil.
In March 2006, with ten years of experience in Capoeira, he decided to open his own academy where he now teaches his classes and receives capoeiristas from all over Brazil and all over the world. He also has a done a great job with Capoeira shows and dances related to popular culture and to maintain social projects with disadvantaged children of St. Elias Garden community.
Mestre Coruja works hard to preserve the roots of Capoeira, in harmony with what is best in handling and in the art of Capoeira, always directing to all who seek it.
Reinaldo Ramos Suassuna was born in Ilheus and raised in Itabuna Brazil.
He began practicing Capoeira in the mid-50s initially because it was prescribed to him by a doctor, as treatment for a physical handicap in his legs.
Capoeira had its beginning in Itabuna, having as its 1st Mestre (Master), Mestre Maneca, student of Mestre Bimba and Zoião. Then, frequent street rodas, which were great presentations of capoeiristas in the region, such as Mestre Sururú, Bigode de Arame and Maneca Brandão. In 1972, Mestre Bimba, one of the most important Masters that Capoeira has ever known visited Mestre Suassuna in Sao Paulo, recognizing his work and giving him a certificate.
In the early 1960s, Mestre Suassuna became a prominent practitioner of capoeira in Bahia, receiving numerous invitations to present his capoeira show in other Brazilian states and abroad. In 1965 he moved to São Paulo with the intention of opening an academy and making a career in capoeira. In September 1967, after some financial hardship, he met Mestre Brasilia in Ze Freita's Academy, and together they founded Associacao de capoeira Cordão de Ouro.
As Mestre Suassuna, he has produced many capoeira shows, recorded four compact discs, and directed the Show Group of Cordão de Ouro. He has also contributed to the development of capoeira itself, and is the inventor of Miudinho, which is a musical rhythm, along with a distinct style in the martial art. Suassuna continues to influence the world of capoeira today, conducting workshops and seminars in several states in Brazil and around the world. He has graduated several capoeiristas individually and 5 distinct group generations known as "turma".