The Capoeira Arts Foundation, Inc. is a California based, 501(c)(3) not for profit organization - Tax ID: 94-2853995. It reflects the vision of Mestre Acordeon (Ubirajara G. Almeida), a world-renowned capoeira master who has been sharing capoeira in the United States since 1978. The organization was founded in 1981 with the name of World Capoeira Association, Inc. After a period of dormancy, its name was changed to Capoeira Arts Foundation, Inc., in 2005. A new focus was then put in place in order to continue preserving, teaching, and performing arts related to African-Brazilian experience.
We see ourselves as ambassadors of Brazilian culture, an organization which serves a family oriented community, stiving to provide the benefit of arts, movement, and culture to our community. We put a great emphasis on capoeira, an art form that has grown exponentially in the last 20 years. Capoeira is an extraordinary product of the confluence of African cultures in the Americas that crosses the gamut of race, economic class, culture, and gender. Today in Brazil, Capoeira is considered a cultural treasure, a potent means of self-expression and a dynamic tool for personal growth. Capoeira has established itself outside Brazil as an art that can awaken individuals to their greatest potential. In 2014, capoeira was recoginzed by UNESCO as an "Intangeble Cultural Heritage of Humanity".