Luiz Guimaraes

Musician, Fitness Instructor, and Personal Trainer in New York, NY

Luiz Guimaraes

Musician, Fitness Instructor, and Personal Trainer in New York, NY

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My name is Luiz Henrique Menezes Guimarães, also known in the world of Capoeira as Gordinho, I was born in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I was born in a martial arts family and my journey began with practicing Karate. In 1988 while practicing Karate I started my training in Capoeira, visiting and training in Capoeira schools with some of the most renowned Capoeira masters of the time in Rio de Janeiro. In 1995 I joined Abadá-Capoeira, a school that stood out in Brazil and world scene for its strong social commitment, its work in support and promotion of Brazilian culture through the art of Capoeira, and for the technical excellence of its students and also for the professionalization of Capoeirista. While still quite young I played every instrument of Capoeira admirably. I participated in the recording of several albums, playing instruments, singing, and authoring many songs.

I implemented social projects in several needy communities in Rio de Janeiro including one with a partnership with Petrobras to form ecologically conscious citizens. Today I am working with the NYPD on a project that serves socially disadvantaged youth. I am also known for teaching classes for children and young people with disabilities. I have worked on many songs recorded on albums with other professionals. Recordings of my own songs are also compiled in the album of Ubuntu (accompanied with a bilingual CD-Book) which features several other renowned composers of the our time.

My songs have more than a million views on social networks. I am an avid traveler with international experience in performing, teaching, and spreading Capoeira in more than 27 countries. My technical resourcefulness, acrobatic ability, and willingness to compete in Capoeira has brought me popularity as a competitor in Capoeira games. I have arbitrated in numerous competition events of Capoeira games and judged competitors in the musical festivals.

I currently reside in New York where I teach at ACA New York City Capoeira School. I was recently chosen to represent Capoeira and Brazil on the 65th anniversary of the Africa-America Institute, presenting a Capoeira show for prominent political representatives such as the president of Mozambique and ambassadors from other African countries that took place at the NYC Museum of Natural History. I was also invited to represent Brazil at a Capoeira show at The John Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington DC.