About Abolição

Capoeira is a 400 year-old martial art that combines music, dance, singing and acrobatics to create a holistic way of teaching self defence. It’s a lively and explosive discipline with contagious energy. Capoeira Abolição was founded by Mestre Delei Kaçula. He has dedicated 35 years to Capoeira.
In Stockholm, classes are taught by Professor Pè de Cabra.


Batizado Capoeira Abolição
Stockholm, Sweden 2012

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The Abolição community is spread all over the world with Capoeiristas from Sweden, England, Germany, Spain and Italy in Europe all the way to Colombia, Peru, Mexico and Costa Rica in South America. The main academy is located in Miami, USA. The Swedish group is relatively new and we welcome everyone, no matter level, to our group.

The group’s symbol

The mandrill is our symbol and mascot because of the way this animal lives in groups and always defends the other group members.

It’s this philosophy that our Mestre, the founder of the group, teaches us. We are also actively helping kids in rough environments around the world. More information about that work can be found on Youth for Youth.


In the world of Capoeira, each academy has its own system for ranking its students. Being the case, we always teach our students to never underestimate any capoeirista based on the cord s/he has around his or her waist. However, we also teach that our students should fear no one, but respect everyone. We pride ourselves in giving all of our students the equal opportunity to learn Capoeira.

The following is the grading system used by Abolição:

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Professor Pé de Cabra

Professor Pè de CabraProfessor Pè de Cabra (Anderson Zapata Diaz) born i Medellín, Colombia, has taught Capoeira for over ten years under Mestre Delei.

He has held workshops and seminars all over Europe and recently moved from London where he has taught Capoeira since 2007.

Professor Pè de CabraIn London, he has hundreds of students, and the classes there keep growing steadily. With his fun personality, background (growing up in one of the roughest zones in Medellín) and his vast knowledge of the art of Capoeira he has not only contributed to changing the lives of many of his students but even inspired others in the practice of Capoeira from beginners to professionals in all ages.

Anderson is also a qualified/registered personal trainer, he uses his experience with martial arts (Capoeira, Muay thai and boxing) to plan varied and rewarding training in his personal training classes. He also gives out private Capoeira lessons.


History of Capoeira

Capoeira (literally, a low, grass clearing in the indigenous Tupi Guarani language) emerged during the times of slavery in Brazil’s vast sugar and coffee plantations. Developed as a method of self- defense, Capoeira was born out of the Brazilian slaves’ intense desire for freedom.

Captive slaves in Brazil did not passively accept the injustices they faced each day. Rather, they rebelled and created this unique and amazing fight in order to free themselves from the cruelty and discrimination of their time. Former captive slaves soon joined in unison and created vast cities of runaway slaves known as “quilombos”. The most famous of these was Quilombo de Palmares, led by the great warrior Zumbi de Palmares, which lasted over 80 years. Throughout the years, newly freed blacks in these quilombos further developed their Capoeira skills and helped other captive slaves gain their freedom as well. The warriors of the quilombos, known as “quilombolas”, also led several violent attacks against the Portuguese monarchy that controlled Brazil at the time in hopes of abolishing slavery altogether.

Capoeira or the Dance of War by Rugendas

Part of this dream finally became reality in 1888 when Dona Isabel, who led the throne at the time, surrendered to the rebellious “quilombolas” and was forced to sign the “Lei Aurea”, or “Aurea Law”. Although this was an important step toward justice, blacks, indigenous peoples, and any one who supported the abolitionist movement in Brazil continued to be discriminated against. Capoeira continued to play a major political role in shaping Brazil’s history. Many capoeiristas used their skills to survive in harsh times and were often hired by corrupt politicians to eliminate possible competition for government offices. Due to this increase in violence, Capoeira was soon banned as a “dirty” fight practiced only by “marginal criminals”. Any person found practicing Capoeira was severely punished and often deported to the small island of Fernando de Noronha to perform forced labor. It wasn’t until 1932, during the presidency of Getulio Vargas, that the great Mestre “Bimba” was able to establish the first legitimate Capoeira academy and show the people of Brazil and of the world that this “one and only” fight was, and still is, a national treasure.

You can read more at capoeiraabolicao.com

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