WHO WE ARE Brazivedas is an organization committed to promoting Brazilian arts and culture by offering a wide range of classes and instruction including Dance, Music, and Capoeira for all levels, genders, and ages. In addition to its core Brazilian focus, Brazivedas expands its scope to embrace other cultures and traditions. It has been particularly influenced by Mestre Beiçola’s studies and appreciation of Vedic spiritual philosophy. From this combination of philosophies comes the name and platform Brazivedas. The teachings of ancient Vedic culture also inspired the name of our Capoeira group “Narahari” which means half-lion half-man in the Sanskrit language.
MESTRE BEIÇOLAMestre Beiçola is a 36-year master of Capoeira, an African-Brazilian martial art and dance form. Now based in East Palo Alto, Calif., Beiçola has performed and taught workshops throughout the world, including Japan, Guam, Saipan, Spain, France and Germany, in addition to the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Hawaii, Ohio, Oregon and Kentucky. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Beiçola first came to the United States in 1988 with the samba extravaganza “Oba Oba,” a company of 70 top Brazilian musicians, capoeiristas and dancers. Performing in 12 separate acts, Beiçola toured theaters from Broadway to Hollywood before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the last 20 years, he has taught Capoeira, Brazilian dance, percussion and stringed instruments at the region’s top universities, including Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and California State Universities of Hayward and San Jose. A teacher for all ages and socio-economic conditions, Beiçola has instructed children at numerous pre-school, elementary, middle and high schools, at juvenile halls and in senior centers. He remains a long-time instructor of kids classes a the City of Palo Alto’s recreation department and continues to instruct hundreds of students in the South Bay at his Brazivedas home-studio.