Our History

History of Capoeira Aché Brasil Group Under Mestre Eclilson de Jesus

best of vancouver 2007 winnerVoted “Best Martial Arts Academy in Vancouver (2005 and 2007) in the Georgia Straight’s Readers Choice “Best Of Vancouver.

In 1988, upon return to his home town of Recife, Pernambuco from Rio de Janeiro, Mestre Eclilson de Jesus created a Capoeira group and taught classes in Olinda and Recife. In 1990 he received invitations from Canada and the USA to participate at various festivals demonstrating Capoeira.

It was during this trip that Mestre Eclilson realized that there was little knowledge of Brazilian culture or Capoeira in Canada and decided to move to Vancouver despite the fact that he spoke no English and had very little money. He has since become instrumental in raising the awareness of Capoeira and Brazilian Culture in North America and Internationally.

Mestre Eclilson began teaching Capoeira to people here who had never seen or experienced this beautiful and truly empowering art form before. He was immediately invited to perform in many festivals and to teach classes in several locations.

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It wasn’t until he moved to Vancouver (in 1990) that Mestre Eclilson chose the name for his Capoeira group, *Capoeira Aché Brasil,* instituting Canada’s first ever Capoeira group. The word ‘Aché’ comes from the Yoruba language meaning ‘everything positive in the universe’ and it is in this spirit that Mestre Eclilson inspires his students to learn the philosophy, history, movements and techniques of Capoeira. In 1999 the official Capoeira Aché Brasil Academy was opened on Broadway in Vancouver, Canada, where Mestre Eclilson began teaching all of his classes, as well as offering classes at University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.

Capoeira Aché Brasil Academy has become the leading capoeira academy in Vancouver, BC (with approximately 30 classes per week). He maintains an Academy in Calgary, with outreach classes at both universities there as well. Under Mestre Eclilson many teachers and Contra Mestres are leading Capoeira classes in cities throughout Brazil, especially in the state of Pernambuco where Mestre Eclilson travels every year to do the Batizado (students’ graduation) with the help of Contra Mestre Gordo. Capoeira Aché Brasil also has academies in Japan, Malaysia, France and China (see Academy locations)

Capoeira Aché Brasil has appeared on many TV programs such as Much Music, MTV, Zed on CBC, Knowledge Network and has been highlighted on National Brazilian TV GLOBO, in the program called, “Fantastico.” The group has also been featured in World of Martial Arts Magazine, Fashion Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, and as a cover story in The Georgia Straight.

Capoeira Aché Brasil continues to be Canada’s premiere Capoeira group, emphasizing quality, community, and personal growth. Capoeira Aché Brasil highlights strength, agility and ability while promoting positive energy and improving one’s health and well-being. Self-defense is taught to be used only as a last resort if a student is confronted with a situation requiring defending oneself from physical danger.


Mission Statement

Capoeira Aché Brasil academies and Aché Brasil performing group, both strives to bring the beauty of Brazilian cultural art forms to the world through the teaching of capoeira and performances of traditional music and dance.

Capoeira Aché Brasil Academies: Our aim is to promote healthy and responsible living and to enjoy activities as a group. The interaction between our members is based on tolerance and respect for each other regardless of social status, education, age, handicaps, accent of language or colour of skin. As part of an inter-dependant world, Mestre Eclilson de Jesus calls for responsible coexistence of life on this planet while enjoying our own existence to the fullest. Capoeira Aché Brasil rejects the use of illicit drugs and activities harming the mind or body.

Aché Brasil music and dance performing group; provides audiences, young and old, a greater understanding of the Brazilian music, culture and heritage. Our commitment is to present shows that exemplify the best of Brazilian heritage and culture with the hope that you absorb the essencial rhythms of the Aché.

Capoeira Aché Brasil academies and Aché Brasil music and dance group are both founded by, and under the leadership of, Mestre Eclilson de Jesus who welcomes everyone to be part of the group.


capoeira history(2006 Brazil Batizado)


Aché Brasil and Capoeira Aché Brasil gratefully acknowledges the support of Canada Council for the Arts, and The Province of British Columbia, through the British Columbia Arts Council.

Special thanks also to:

All our students of Capoeira, and all our teachers, family, friends, and supporters.

From Brasil:

Mestre: Gordo
Contra Mestres: Gilso Parana, Brasil, China, Jean, Robocop, Pequeno. To all Professores, Monitores and Intrutores: Pit-Bull, Tamandua, Ratinho,Tita,Keko, Dode, Mecias, Vitoriano, Pai Jam, Agulha, Muganga, Mosca, Dede, Eroi, Varao, Dinho, Taupaipai, Pezao, Leo Matraka, Voador, Arisco, Marcio, Bola, Bruno, No Cego, Calcinha, Zig, Juruna, Deco, Marcia, Tiago, Novato, Coco, Maseta, Cabaca, Siclone, Montanha, Pirata

From Japan:

Maria Nakashima, Borracha and Professor Malhado;

From Malaysia:

Ligeirinho; from France: Bailarina;

From Vancouver

Teachers: Professor Superhomen, Professor Camara, Monitor Samurai; Apprentice teachers: Barravento, Fala Mansa, Bailarina, Cacau, Simpitia, Matraca, Borboleta, Xango

From Whistler:

Apprentice teachers: Iuna & Dragao.

From Calgary:

Grandao, Grandona & Manteiga

From Victoria:



Audrey Silver, Mary Smith, (Vancouver’s academy); Troy Millington, Dinara Millington (Calgary’s academy).


Tony Montague.

Photography/Visual Design:

Yonatin Ortiz, Audrey Silver, Fabrice L’Heureaux, Hiroyuki Kume, Michael Hanna, Sean Arden, Steph Pineyro, Vince Yim.

Academy’s painting:

Michelle Doyle

The musicians and dancers of Aché Brasil:

Sam Smith, Vanessa de Jesus, Ronald Diaz, David de Jesus, Fred Teixeira, Fernanda de Jesus, Carlos Valejo, Mario Henrique, Dinho, Marcos X, Cheryl Spraclin, Tropicana, Lindsay Wood, Formiga.

Musicians and dancers of Aché Brasil:

Sam Smith, Vanessa de Jesus, Ronald Diaz, David de Jesus, Fred Teixeira, Fernanda de Jesus, Carlos Valejo, Mario Henrique, Dinho, Marcos X, Dancarina, Tropicana, Guarana, Formiga.

Everyone’s Mother:

Anunciada de Jesus.

Albert St.

Albert and Maobong Boutros (our beautiful African friends); Grace McNab, Henry Mather; Jamie Rutledge, Elaine Kim, Skyy Powers (friends and volunteers) Vanessa and Milena (our daughters) and so many more.


Thank you & Aché everyone!

Christianne Odehnal and Mestre Eclilson de Jesus