Professor Golfinho was Mestre Zumbi’s first student in the United States. After moving around to different Capoeira groups he finally found his home in group Senzala in 2000, where he has trained for the last 17 years under Mestre Zumbi. He has taught classes in Princeton University, NYU, College of New Jersey, Mercer County College and Rider University, as well as many high schools and elementary schools in the New Jersey area. He is currently instructing children in the Newark school system, as well as adults in the Somerset NJ, and Philadelphia areas. He has traveled to Brazil numerous times in order to gain a complete understanding of Capoeira from the Masters that practice it. Golfinho believes there is an energy and magic about the art of Capoeira that can heal the soul. It opens up and frees people who have been oppressed, dismissed, and forgotten in society. He also feels it is his responsibility to help those people reach their full potential. He plans to continue his work of spreading the message, lineage and old traditions of Capoeira, helping others to discover their own greatness and inner light.