My Capoeira training began in 2000 with instructor Macaco Preto of the group Abada Capoeira in Brussels.
Upon my return I realized that Abada capoeira, the group I started practicing with, had no one teaching in Greece at the time. As a result I started practicing and hosting seminars with other groups including Dandara Cordao de ouro, ACapoeira, Centro Cultural da Capoeiragem and Senzala de Santos. In 2004, my need to train regularly led me to start teaching capoeira for free, in an effort to bring together a group of people to train with.
I began teaching in 2006 under mestre Sansao of Mundo Capoeira, reaching the level of estagiario in 2007.
In 2008, I published all the draws I made (more than 500 differents movements and exercises from different styles of Capoeira) in Caderno de Capoeira in Greek.
The English Version was published in 2012 by Turtle Press: Capoeira Illustrated.
In facebook’s page you can find more unpublished images: https://www.facebook.com/CapoeiraIllustrated
In 2009, me and graduado Figo organized the 1st batizado of Mundo Capoeira in Greece.
In 2011, with graduado Figo, we helped one of my oldest students “Voador”, who moved to the city of Volos, start teaching Capoeira.
The same year we organized the 2nd batizado of Mundo Capoeira Grecia.
Also in 2011, I opened an Association called “Artes Da Rua“, who promotes arts like Capoeira, Parkour, Graffiti, Comics etc. in my hometown Chania of Crete. In the batizado of Mundo Capoeira Ireland, I received my second belt of graduado.
In 2013 we had the opportunity to organize the 3nd batizado of Mundo Capoeira Grecia.
During the summer 2013 I worked in a campus with handicapped persons where I was giving classes of Samba-Reggae dance and percussion (also drawing and painting).
During my life as an martial artist I also trained with Muay Thai Boxing, Wing Chun Kung Fu and Jeet Kune Do but Capoeira earned my heart.
In 2014 my apelido changed from Pernalonga to Pernilongo to symbolize a change in my life.” Vou diser na minha mulher camara
Capoeira me venceu camara…” Roda d’ anniversario 2013
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