43, College Professor in the Humanities
I’ve been taking capoeira classes for about a year at the BAF, and I am continually impressed by the positive energy and amiable atmosphere. Mauricio brings great expertise and leadership, gathering together a wonderful group of students and capoeiristas. Classes at BAF mix an appropriate reverence for the history and depth of capoeira practice with a sense of fun and play. It’s a place where you feel welcome.
29, Speech Language Pathologist
As a student who has trained with other capoeira schools, Capoeira Luanda Houston/BAF is by far superior! There is a very positive and fun vibe among the group. Professor Gringo’s style of teaching is very professional, yet relaxed and animated. You will leave every class feeling strong, smart, and flexible. Would recommend this studio to anyone!!
Artist, Capoeira Luanda Houston Kids Instructor
I started taking capoeira class at the BAF in 2006 and have learned so much since then. After 3 years taking 2 to 3, sometimes 4 classes every week, I started teach capoeira classes for kids at the BAF. Today, I teach 5 days a week with the same passion that was taught to me. The president Mauricio Campos, also my capoeira teacher, is very passionate about sharing Brazilian culture through his work and teaching style. I always recommend the BAF to all my friends and people who are interested in learning about Brazil. They do several programs in the community including art programs for seniors, music/percussion classes, portuguese classes, samba classes and other traditional brazilian dances.
I love it!
Research administrator, Rice University
I have been taking classes (capoeira and samba) here for over 6 years and can’t say enough about the positive impact it has made on my life. The instructors are passionate about their craft and passing on their knowledge, history, and love for capoeira to the students. In all the years I’ve been taking lessons there I’ve never had a class end early, but often go past the end time. The atmosphere is one of family, with everyone helping each other to improve. If you are interested in improving your overall health, core strength, and flexibility in a great atmosphere, this is the place to go.
38, Technical Support Coordinator, ICERM at Brown University
“The Brazilian Arts Foundation is one of those places where you walk through the door expecting one thing, and you end up getting so much more. I joined the group three and a half years ago with the sole intention of continuing my capoeira training, and since then my eyes have been opened to the incredible array of gifts this organization has to offer not only students at the studio location, but the wider community. The sense of community service embodied by Mauricio Campos and the board of directors is nothing if not laudable, and their drive to do good in the wider world is infectious.”
I moved away less than 2 years ago and I still think of and remember the BAF fondly. They were, they are and they always will be a family to me. It does not matter how long I am gone, I always feel welcomed. I have learned so much from capoeira and from Gringo. I will always remember when Gringo said, “you will get as much out of it as you put in”. And so it has been true for capoeira and in life. I have learned amazing lessons that I always carry with me. I would recommend the Foundation in a heart beat for all subjects. The instructors are all professionals.