Contra-Mestra is a title given to someone one step below a master. Onda Mansa has over 25 years of Capoeira experience and over 40 years of African dance experience. Her capoeira journey began in 1997 in Tucson, AZ with Capoeira Malandragem - a satellite school of the United Capoeira Association (UCA). She was graduated to Contra-Mestra in 2013 by Mestre Acordeon, Mestra Suelly, and Mestre Ra of UCA. Today, she teaches under the guidance of Mestre Lazaro. Additionally, she is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. 
Mestre Lazaro has over 30 years of teaching experience in Capoeira. He currently resides in Alto do São Francisco, Boca do Rio neighborhood. He is the son of Maria José Pereira dos Prazeres and Joime Bispo dos Santos.
In 1976, he started in capoeira under the guidance of Mestre Zel at Dona Marta's house, Aginelo de Brito street, Boca do Rio neighborhood. Years later he continued to teach capoeira with Mestre Dalmo on Rua Imiliano Galiza, where the mestre had his space and taught capoeira classes. Mestre Dalmo was a student of Mestre No. Mestre Lazaro also trained directly with Mestre No for a significant portion of his career.

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Bambu has over 25 years of Capoeira experience. He began his capoeira journey in Omaha, Nebraska in 1999 with Capoeira Angola Palmares. In 2002, he began studying under Mestre Gulliver. Today, he teaches under the guidance of Mestre Lazaro. Additionally, he is an educator and teacher coach currently working in the Tucson Unified School District.

Contra-Mestra Onda Mansa


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