Meet Paulo Sales Neto – Mestre Paulao Ceara from Capoeira Brasil

Here is Mestre Paulao Ceara from Group Capoeira Brasil. He was so kind to answer our questions and present himself to YOU.

Capoeira-World.com: Who stays behind the name Mestre Paulao Ceara – where are you from, when did you start playing Capoeira for the first time, who was your first capoeira teacher?

Ceara2Mestre Paulao Ceara: My name is Paulo Sales Neto. I come from Brasil Fortaleza-Ceara. I was 14 years old when I started playing capoeira and my first real capoeira teacher was Mestre Camisa.

Capoeira-World.com: How did you decide to create your own capoeira group?

Mestre Paulao Ceara: First, I was with the Group Senzala. However, we had a problem with our Mestre and we could not stay in the Group Senzala. That is why we founded Capoeira Brasil.

Capoeira-World.com: How do you take teaching capoeira – like a job or rather a hobby?

Mestre Paulao Ceara: Capoeira is my life…everything. It is a job and a profession in the same time.

Capoeira-World.com: You have moved to the Netherlands in 1993. Why did you decide to move there?

Mestre Paulao Ceara: I moved to the Netherlands mainly because I wanted to live in another country, learn a new culture, a new language. Also, I simply wanted to build up a Capoeira community over here.

Capoeira-World.com: Is capoeira in Europe different from capoeira in Brasil?

Ceara1Mestre Paulao Ceara: No, I din’t see it like that. I believe that capoeira in Europe is the same as Capoeira in Brasil.

Capoeira-World.com: Your group is spreading around the world pretty fast. There are Capoeira Brasil schools in USA, Australia, Europe. What is the secret for your growth?

Mestre Paulao Ceara: There is no secret. We only try to be real, professional, and honest.

Capoeira-World.com: How do you grade your students? Is it difficult to move to the next level?

Mestre Paulao Ceara: Well, we have the same rules about the technique as the other capoeira schools.

Capoeira-World.com: How often do you make batizados in your group?

Mestre Paulao Ceara: We do batizados 2 times per year.

Capoeira-World.com: Few months ago you visited Bulgaria for a workshop with one of your schools. Tell us a few words about the school. What were your impressions of the whole workshop?

Mestre Paulao Ceara: I loved Sofia and I think that the Group there can really grow. The people are nice and George is a good Capoeirista – leader and a nice guy as well.

Capoeira-World.com: Have you been to Bulgaria before? Did you visit any interesting places?

Ceara3Mestre Paulao Ceara: No, this is the first time I visited Bulgaria.

Capoeira-World.com: You have seen how capoeira changes through the years. Can you tell how will it change in the future?

Mestre Paulao Ceara: I guess that Capoeira will continue growing in Europe and this is just the beginning. Capoeira will get more and more space.

Capoeira-World.com: Is there anything you would like to say to your friends and students or just to the other capoeiristas?

Mestre Paulao Ceara: What I could say to the capoeira students is not to give up when facing the first difficulties in capoeira. The challenge is a great way to show that you can do things, things all by yourself if you really want so.

AXE!