Oficina da Capoeira Cultural Center was founded in 1996 by Raimundo Ferreira de Sousa, Mestre Ray. Its fundamental principal is to teach the art of Capoeira. The center has aided in the development of many social projects within the community in various regions throughout Brazil as well as in other countries. Mestre Ray’s life’s work in this art form has made Oficina da Capoeira a rich reserve for the research of Capoeira and Afro-Brazilian culture.
The group has made this resource available through numerous videos, dvds and cds as well as through the written word. This cultural sponsorship has not only been a vehicle for the transmission and promotion of Afro-Brazilian popular culture, but has also valued, preserved and honored the communities that practice it. Through its promotion and expression of the culture of the Brazilian people, Oficina da Capoeira’s ethic expands and crosses cultural and geographical borders.
This knowledge and accumulation of a vast history is passed on through seminars, courses, teaching methods, workshops and other activities. Oficina’s vision is to form global partnerships in the promotion, tolerance, understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures. In Brazil, the professionals of Oficina da Capoeira Cultural Center develop their work in the states of Minas Gerais, Bahia, Rondonia, Espirito Santo and Sao Paulo. Outside of Brazil, there are also branches in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Panama, Columbia and the United States of America.