Professor Bala

Originally born in Japan, “Bala” started Capoeira on November in 2004 in Hawaii. Like most people who saw the movie, “Only The Strong” in the 90s, he wanted to learn Capoeira but there was no school available at that time. So he decided to take on breakdancing, which later became his foundation of his Capoeira. Upon moving to Hawaii in 2004, he met a Capoeira practitioner at a park and started training from him.  When Contra-mestre Pintado from Capoeira Cordão de Ouro Group officially opened a group in Honolulu in 2006, he immediately joined Cordão de Ouro group . After CM Pintado left the island after a few years, he started training under CM Duas Duzias who moved to Honolulu in 2008.

He received his Instrutor belt (cordão azul) in November 2013 at Mestre Coruja’s formatura ceremony in São Paulo.

He received his Professor title in January 2018 at the Capoeirando in Ilheus, Bahia, Brazil.  He continues to train and teach at Cordão de Ouro Hawaii and travels occasionally to teach workshops abroad as well.