Philosophy of Mestre Carioca
Respect the art of Capoeira.
Respect my Mestre.
Respect my profession.
Revitalize capoeira to what it was in my home town.
Participate in social work.
Spread my culture around the world.
Develop capoeira teachers with character and dignity.
Professora Canela and Professor Cobra D'Agua
Joanah Bodero (Professora Canela) was born in Pittsburgh, Pa where she
trained contemporary style dance. At the age of 16 she moved to New
York City to continue her dance training at Alvin Ailey. After six
years of dancing in the Big Apple she started undergrad at Hunter
College. In 1999 she joined the Hunter College Capoeira Club. It was a
hard transition from the training of a dancer to be light and elongated
to being grounded and strong as a capoeirista. Her first trip to Brazil
was the summer of 1999, when her passion for the art blossomed. In
January 2000 she had her first Batizado with Mestre Carioca. Since 1999
she has traveled to Brazil, Barcelona, and San Francisco taking
workshops with world renowned Mestres. In 2003 She spent 7 months in
Vitoria, Brasil training under Mestre Capixaba. In 2004 Mestre Carioca
gave Canela her instructor cord. In 2005 Canela was the co-founder of
the Capoeira Club at Cornell Medical College. Professora Canela has
taught Capoeira at Crunch Fitness and Maxim Fitness gym in NYC. She is
looking forward to sharing her experiences with the students of Miami.
Darwin Bodero (Professor Cobra D'Agua) was born in New
York City where his martial arts training began at age 14. After
experimenting in several styles throughout the years, Capoeira found
him in 1999. In 2000 Cobra D'Agua was officially inducted into Capoeira
through his first batizado with Mestre Bom Jesus. In 2001 he began
training with Mestre Carioca and has been with him ever since. In June
of 2006, Cobra D'Agua received his Instrutor corda (Blue cord), marking
his first step in a long road as a graduated student. Cobra D'Agua has
performed at various locations and universities around the country,
displaying and sharing his unique style of Capoeira for all to see. In
NYC he taught classes at the Society for Martial Arts and Equinox
Canela's and Cobra
D'Agua's style of Capoeira comes from Espirito Santo, Brasil. Under the
"umbrella" of world renowned Mestre Capixaba, New York is privileged to
have a long lineage of great teachers including Mestre Carioca, Mestre
Bom Jesus, Mestre Ariranha, Professor Boca do Mundo, numerous other
graduates, and now Professora Canela and Professor Cobra D'Agua. After
spending many years training together Cobra D'Agua and Canela married
in August 2007. They moved to Miami, shortly after their marriage. As
history repeats itself, their classes will pass onto you the
traditions, culture, and ways of Capoeira that were bestowed unto them.