Capoeira Luanda practices a style of Capoeira known as Capoeira Regional Contemporanea. This style is derived from movements and sequences developed by Mestre Bimba, as well as influences and evolutions of Capoeira from the founding Mestres of Capoeira Luanda.
Capoeira Luanda was founded on April 6, 2007, after a long process of research and study under the direction and guidance of Mestre Jelon Vieira. Today, Capoeira Luanda has spread internationally with numerous centers and academies across the United States, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, France, Netherland, , Germany, Spain, , Italy, and Turkey.
The root of the name Luanda is a tribute to Mestre Eziquiel Martins, who founded the Grupo Luanda de Capoeira in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil in 1963. Another inspiration behind the name Luanda was the meaning of the word Luanda in other languages. In the Yoruba language, Luanda means “the junction of the moon and the earth.” And in the African dialect Bantu, it means “peace and imaginary land.” Luanda is also the capital of Angola and was one of the most important ports during the slave trade when Africans were taken to the Americas as chattel.
Luanda is one of the cities in Southern Africa where Africans said the last good-bye to those who never returned. The Africans from the slave trade tremendously contributed to the richness of the culture in Brazil.