Roda FICA London with Treinel Toca: Pastinha, Zumbi and Dandara

FICA London would like to invite all the london capoeira community, friends and family to our roda on Saturday 12th November at King’s College (Strand Campus).

Our group leader, and for many years an important supporter of capoeira Angola in London, Treinel Toca will be visiting from FICA Berlin for the roda.

We will be celebrating the lives of Mestre Pastinha, one of the most important figures in the lineage of capoeira Angola we practice today, who died on 13th Novemeber 1981 and Zumbi and Dandara de Palmares, two of the leaders of the Quilombo dos Palmares, who are celebrated in Brazil on 20th November, Dia da Consciencia Negra, Black Awareness Day, for their fight for freedom and against slavery.

The roda will take place in the Great Hall.
Solta mandinga camará!!

Visita de Angola – Mestre Valmir FICA Berlin Workshop

FICA Berlin would like to invite all capoeiristas & friends to our Capoeira Angola workshop with Mestre Valmir in the end (28-29-30) of October. It has been 10 years since M. Valmir has been the last time to Germany and it will be his first time in Berlin.

This workshop will consist of three days full of classes of movement, music, berimbau rhythms, singing and theorectical fundamentals.
60€ before 1st of October (early registration + payment info:
70€ after 1st of October and on arrival

Prorgramme :

18h30 – 19h registration
19h – 22h movement class

9h30 – 10h registration
10h – 13h movement class
13h – 14h lunch
14h – 16h music class
16h – 17h movements class
17h – 20h roda
20h30 social at restaurant/bar (open end)

10h30 – 11h registration
11h – 13h movement class
13h – 14h lunch
14h – 15h music class
15h – 16h palestra (Ritmos, muscalidades e fundamentos na roda.)
16h30 – 19h30 roda
(The schedule may be subject to change.)

More infos about the location of the event will be anounced shortly.

If you need accomodation, please contact us and register in advance! Sleeping places are limited and not guaranteed.

Please bring your berimbau if possible.

About Mestre Valmir:

Born in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, Valmir Santos Damasceno entered the world of Capoeira Angola in 1982 when he began training with Grupo de Capoeira Angola Pelourinho (GCAP) under Mestres Moraes and Cobra Mansa.

In 1992, he received the title of Contra-Mestre while working on Capoeira Angola related projects with different social organizations, including the Associação Livre de Moradores da Mangueira (ALMM), the Fundação do Menor Trabalhador (FAMEB) and Projeto Axé amongst others.

In 1994, he left GCAP and began his own group, which later became part of Mestre Cobra Mansa’s International Capoeira Angola Foundation.

In August 2003, he received the title of Mestre at the 9th Annual International Capoeira Angola conference in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Mestre Valmir frequently travels to teach and promote Capoiera Angola all over the world. His classes focus very much on the music, rituals and philosophy which brings the traditional side of Capoeira Angola together with the techniques of the movements. He has been various times to London where he has been vsisiting the group FICA London, of which Treinel Toca was in charge in the last years. Now he is going to be the first time in Berlin to visit and support the group FICA Berlin.

Mestre Valmir has already been to Germany in 2002, where he was holding workshops in Hamburg, Cologne and Hanover.
His last visit to Germany was in 2006 for a workshop in Freiburg.

Mestre Valmir currently lives in Salvador and leads the group of FICA-Salvador, which had its 20th birthday this year in June.
Everyone is welcome to join this event at FICA Berlin. We are looking forward to see you soon!

T. Toca




With joy and and anticipation we at FICA London and Capoeira Angola South London invite you to join in the first week of classes and rodas with Contra Mestre Dija Damasceno from FICA Bahia starting Tuesday 28th June 2016. Dija started capoeira aged 7 with his father, Mestre Valmir also of FICA Bahia who was a student of Mestre Morães and Mestre Cobra Mansa. He is well-known for his Besouro-style agility as well as his music, and was made Contra Mestre last year along with his brother, Aloan. Dija broadens global access to Afro-Brazilian culture through online berimbau classes at This is the third time Dija is coming to support the growth of capoeira Angola in London and share his knowledge and skills from a life of capoeira in it's heartland of Salvador, Bahia de Todos os Santos. Com join us to welcome him! Vem jogar mais eu meu irmão! SCHEDULE: TUESDAY 28th June: 7.30pm Class @ FICA London: Mary's Neighbourhood Centre, Islington, N7 0AD WEDNESDAY 29th June: 7.30pm: Class & roda @ Capoeira Angola South London: Moorlands Community Centre, Brixton, SW9 8QT THURSDAY 30th June: 7.30pm: Class @ FICA London Mary's Neighbourhood Centre, Islington, N7 0AD Investment: £10 per class or £25 for all three days. Stay tuned for more classes and rodas
É com alegria e anticipação que nós de FICA Londres e Capoeira Angola South London convidamos a todas e todos para participar da primeira semana de aulas e rodas com Contra Mestre Dija Damasceno da FICA Bahia a partir da terça-feira, dia 28 de junho, 2016. O Dija começou a capoeira com sete anos de idade com seu pai, Mestre Valmir, que foi aluno de Mestre Morães e Mestre Cobra Mansa. O Dija está conhecido por sua agilidade que nem Besouro e sua musica, e em 2015 se formou como Contra Mestre do grupo de FICA BA junto com seu irmão, Aloan. Dija difunda a cultura Afro-Brasileira mundialmente atraves de seu site É a terceira vez que o Dija vem apoiar o crescimento da capoeira Angola em Londres, e compartilhar seus conhecimentos de uma vida no coração da capoeira em Salvador, Bahia de Todos os Santos.

Class with Treinel Dija (FICA-Bahia)

As a part of his trip in Europe this time, with a help of Paul​ & Vitoria​ (Capoeira Angola South London) we are pleased to announce that our Thursday class @ FICA-London to be led by Treinel Dija Damasceno​ from FICA-Bahia!

Anyone who’s seen him playing in rodas must agree his agile and flexible style
Come join us to learn directly from him!

!NEW! Capoeira Angola beginners course

>>> MAY, JUNE, JULY only promotion <<<

  • 5 sessions = £50 —> £30 (introductory offer)
  • Start Capoeira Angola with FICA – London this spring… the course is specially designed for beginners.
  • In this introductory course, you will learn the basic movements, music and history.
  • Start any time between 1st May – 30th June 2015.
  • Offer ends 31st July 2015.
  • 5 sessions (£30) to be paid at the first class and to be used within 1 month period from the start date.
  • Classes held on: Tue & Thu.
  • Limited places! Please contact us to check the availability beforehand.
  • To start, e-mail us or call 07957-355319. You are also welcome to come talk to us in person at one of our classes.

!!! PLEASE NOTE: CLASSES SUSPENDED between Fri 1st–Mon 11th May 2015 !!!
We are moving the venue & times of our classes as follows from Mon 18th May 2015.

Winter holiday classes schedule 2014/15

Thanks so much for all your support for our classes, rodas & workshops this yeart in 2014!

<< Our classes are closed between Wed 24th Dec 2014 – 3rd Jan 2015 >>

Following days are cancelled:

Wednesday 24th December: movement & music class
Thursday 25th December: music class
Saturdays 27th December: children’s class
Monday 29th December: movement & music class
Thursday 1st January 2015: music class
Saturday 3rd January: children’s class

We are back to our usual schedule from Monday 5th January.

Click here for the further details about our regular classes.


PLEASE NOTE! >>> Summer class schedule 2014

Please note, during August our classes on Thursday & Saturday are cancelled.

Classes on Monday & Wednesday are running as usual except Monday 25th August Bank Holiday.

Following days are cancelled:
Thursdays 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th August
Saturdays 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th August
Monday 25th August Bank Holiday

We are back to our usual schedule from 1st September.

Click here for the further details about our regular classes.


Candomblé Presentation & Capoeira Angola Open Roda @ “Yoruba Arts Festival”

Come and enjoy the sunny summer weekend at Clissold Park, Stoke Newington with “5th Yoruba Arts Festival”!

We are joining the original Yoruba family to bring the Brazilian side of their cultures to the festival. It is a great opportunity for us in London to feel and enjoy the music, arts and cultures straight from the roots in Nigeria.

Alongside the full day music (Jazz, Salsa, Fela Afrobeat, Faaji music and the best of Naija/UK Afrobeats artists), dance, performance, art & crafts, food & drink stalls in the park, we have the following activities lined up on stage and at our tent!

Saturday, 26th July:
13:00–13:30 Candomblé music and dance presentation on stage
13:45–14:45 Capoeira Angola roda in front of the stage
15:00–18:00 Candomblé Q&A session inside the tent
15:00–15:45 FREE Capoeira Angola taster class outside the tent (adult & children)
16:00–18:00 Capoeira Angola roda outside the tent (adult & children)

Sunday, 27th July:
13:00–13:30 Candomblé music and dance presentation on stage
13:45–14:45 Capoeira Angola roda in front of the stage
15:00–18:00 Candomblé Q&A session inside the tent
15:00–15:45 FREE Capoeira Angola taster class outside the tent (adult & children)
16:00–16:45 FREE Candomblé atabaque hand drumming class outside the tent (adult)

< Candomblé presentation by Mãe Ejá >

• Candomblé presentation starts 13:00 on both days showing the dance and music from the rituals in the traditional costumes, which brought together by the one and only holy mother (mãe de santo) of Candomblé in UK, Mãe Ejá.

• From 15:00 onwards, Mãe Ejá is present at the tent for the Q&A sessions about Candomblé.

• Orixás t-shirts, charms etc. on sale alongside – a rare opportunity to get your Orixá item straight from Brasil!

• On Sun 16:00– there is a FREE atabaque (hand drum) class taught by the percussionist of the Candomblé ceremony.

< Capoeira Angola by FICA London >

• Capoeira Angola open roda starts 13:45 on both days – followed by a break with a FREE Capoeira Angola taster class

• An extra Capoeira Angola open roda from 16:00 onwards on Saturday.

Capoeira Angola music class

One and only Capoeira Angola music classes held in London!

Music is the heart of Capoeira Angola – in the process of trying to seek the way to be a complete capoerista, dedication to the music is vital not only the movement. The musicality takes time to mature and understand specially for us who grown up/live outside Brasil.

The dedicated music class helps you get close to the heart of Capoeira Angola and grow your musicality.

From beginners to advanced, all welcome – let’s learn it together!

The class helps you to grow your CONFIDENCE and UNDERSTANDINGS on:

• musicality of each instrument
• harmony in bateria
• singing and playing simultaneously
• various toques of berimbau etc.

Discussions about music in Capoeira Angola: learning about history and background of Capoeira Angola music will also give you deeperlevel of understandings on roda and jogo.

Capoeira Angola Music class
19:30 — 21:30
@ Farringdon/Angel
Big Wheel Studios,
26 Exmouth Market,
London EC1R 4QE

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“Iê! vamos jogar, camará!” @ FICA London

Let’s get together and play, sing and practice… Sunday 8th June, 18:00-21:00.

We are having a ‘jogo e treino livre’ session open to everyone who wants to play ‘2 a 2’, practice those movements and songs that you always wanted to improve & teach each other.

A great opportunity for everyone to play & train freely without limit and challenge your ‘resistência’!

The session can be finished with a roda if there were enough people.

Suggested contribution: £3.50

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
“Vem jogar mais eu, meu irmão!!”

All from FICA London