Founder Contra Mestre Bola (Marinaldo Da Silva) was born in Olinda, Pernambuco - a
thriving centre of Afro-Brazilian culture with a long-standing Capoeira tradition.
He began training with a top Capoeira Master in 1988. At the age of 15 he began
training in percussion and theatre with master teachers in Recife. At this time
Contra Mestre Bola played with many well known bands and had the chance to tour
throughout the North East of Brazil, and Europe.
Initially, in 1995 Bola moved to Vancouver, Canada where he continued to work in
capoeira and music, teaching numerous workshops throughout Canada, the United
States, and Europe, but then relocated to Toronto in 2000 to open an academy. In
2005 he found Capoeira Camará, which now includes academies in Toronto,
Peterborough, Montreal, and Calgary, Canada, Bermuda, Russia, Japan, Brazil, and
Beyond his teaching duties in Toronto, Bola participates in numerous Capoeira
events all over the world. He is also an accomplished musician and is responsible
for producing five successful annual Batizado e Troca da Corda shows. Overall,
Bola has been promoting Brazilian culture and Capoeira for 15 years. His travels
have taken him to training sessions and performances in St. Croix and to Capoeira
workshops as far away as Russia.
In addition to his capoeira achievements Contra Mestre Bola has worked in
producing shows with Cirque du Solei, Dance Migration, and has choreographed many
fight scenes for Hollywood films. Currently he is the artistic director of the
largest Brazilian festival in Canada called Folklorama which happens every summer.
Bola’s Capoeira expertise and leadership have also earned him international
recognition. And, on numerous occasions, major media both in Canada and Brazil
exclusively have interviewed him. Contra Mestre Bola offers classes at his home
bade academy in Toronto, Canada, and continues to teach Master workshops
throughout the world.