The UCA (United Capoeira Association) was born in the vision of Mestre Acordeon and Mestre Rã to create an organization where they could work together with similar philosophical ideals and yet preserve their own identities. Some of their American students then began teaching capoeira in different locations under the umbrella of UCA. As many capoeiristas and capoeira schools have embraced the system of “groups” as the paradigm of a capoeira organization, this strategy has proven to be very positive for the growth and survival of capoeira. However, Mestre Acordeon comes from a time when the concept of “group” was yet to be developed; therefore, UCA is not a group as understood in the capoeira context nor is it interested in many “chapters.” UCA strives to be a community of students which appreciates and respects the collective work developing for all capoeira tendencies and approaches in Brazil and beyond. Mestre Recruta, Chris Montiel, began Capoeira in 1996, at the age of 19, with Mestre Acordeon and Mestre Rã in Berkeley, CA. Mestre Recruta graduated as a “Formado” in 2005 by the United Capoeira Association (UCA), an internationally recognized capoeira school. In September of 2016, for work as a teacher to children and adults of all levels, and his continued dedication to the preservation and dissemination of Capoeira, Recruta earned the title of “Mestre,” granted by UCA founders Mestre Acordeon, Mestre Rã, and Mestra Suelly.
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