The International Capoeira Angola Foundation (ICAF) was founded in 1996, under the leadership of three mestres (masters), Mestre Cobra Mansa, Mestre Jurandir Nascimento and Mestre Valmir Damasceno, with a mission to maintain, promote and preserve the art and culture of Capoeira Angola. Dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of Capoeira Angola, the foundation established a documentation and audiovisual center that maintains an extensive archive research library pertaining to Capoeira Angola, and other related African diaspora studies. In addition, as part of its mission ICAF assists in the development of affiliate groups in Brazil and throughout the world.

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