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This Summer I had the opportunity to photograph the Mission based San Francisco ABADÁ-CAPOEIRA group where several of my friends have been training for many years. Please join them tomorrow for the Batizado and Graduation Ceremony 2013 at 3221 22nd St @ Mission Street.

“ABADA Capoeira San Francisco will be celebrating it’s annual Batizado ceremony on Sunday November 4th at 12:30pm at it’s school in the Mission, San Francisco.
Mestra Márcia Cigarra has been teaching in the SF Bay Area for more than 20 years and has been a groundbreaking female teacher and mentor for kids and teenagers. Our group is unique in the Capoeira world in that about half of the students are women, and also the majority of the instructors.”


ACSF now offers professional instruction and performance of capoeira at its Mission-based Brazilian Arts Center, and at over 30 partnering sites throughout the Bay Area.
Founded in 1991, by master capoeira artist Márcia Treidler “Mestra Cigarra” , ACSF shares its name and philosophy with its parent organization-the Brazilian Association for the Support and Development of the Art of Capoeira founded by Mestre Camisa and based in Rio de Janeiro. ABADÁ-Capoeira is an international organization with independent branches in over 20 countries with over 40,000 practitioners. The organization adheres to a philosophy founded on the belief that capoeira has the power to improve society.
In 1991, Márcia Treidler, then a recent immigrant from Brazil, established ACSF to expand capoeira outside of Brazil, and to ensure the integrity of the art was maintained during its development in the United States. Working in dance centers, schools, and community venues, Márcia introduced capoeira and her unique philosophy and teaching methodology.


Mestranda Cigarra began studying capoeira in 1982 under the world-renowned Mestre Camisa. In 1987, she began to conduct classes for street children, youth, and adults in Rio de Janeiro. In 1991, Mestranda Cigarra moved to the US and, in 1997, was granted legal permanent residency as an “Alien with Extraordinary Abilities.” That same year, she founded the ACSF Brazilian Arts Center, located in San Francisco’s Mission District. The center, the first and only Bay Area non-profit dedicated to Afro-Brazilian cultural arts, offers classes for youth and adults in capoeira, percussion, Brazilian dance and Portuguese language. Mestranda Cigarra’s work reflects her commitment to the preservation and expansion of an art form that has an invaluable impact on our community’s cultural standing. A 30-year veteran student of Mestre Camisa, Mestranda Cigarra maintains international recognition for her accomplishments in the field and teaches regularly throughout Brazil, the North America, Israel, Asia, and Europe. Her outstanding achievements make her a highly sought-after teacher, an inspirational leader, and an important role model.

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