Martial Arts USA 759 Washington Ave, 2nd floor (between Sterling and St. Johns) Brooklyn, NY 11238
are a great way to get fit and stay in shape while having fun! Be sure to dress comfortably; we suggest wearing light sweats or shorts, a t-shirt or tank top, and no shoes (we train barefoot).
In our classes, you can expect a combination of:
- strengthening exercises
- cardiovascular workout
- self-defense techniques
Leticia Monteiro, known as “Formiguinha” in the Capoeira community, began playing Capoeira in 1998, during her sophomore year at Hunter College CUNY.
Currently, Leticia is training under the instruction of Professor Lampreia, founder of Motumbaxe Capoeira and Artistic Director of Allied Capoeira Arts Initiative (A.C.A.I), a non-profit organization. Leticia sits on the Board of Directors of A.C.A.I. as Secretary, helping to meet its mission to promote, foster, and develop an understanding and appreciation for the Afro-Brazilian martial art, music and dance form of Capoeira.
Leticia completed her B.S. in Physical Education in May 2003 and her M.S. in Physical Therapy at Hunter College CUNY in May 2007. In her work as a physical therapist, she often incorporates Capoeira movements into her patients’ treatment plans.
Herman Pardon is known as “Kamikazee” in the capoeira community. He was first introduced to capoeira by watching movies and playing Tekken 3. In 2004, at a Capoeira Batizado, he met Professor Lampreia. Lampreia could only speak a little english, but Herman liked his energy and began to study under him. In 2005, he was awarded the rank of Yellow Cord and finally baptized into the world of Capoeira.
In 2009, he received his Blue Cord and ranked 3rd place in the US Open Capoeira Tournament.
Herman is a Graphic Designer and teaches capoeira at Community Roots Charter School (Bk), The Coop School (Bk) and Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science Charter School (BX). He is always looking to help others and improve his own personal goals.
Pena Verde, originally from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, has been playing Capoeira for 12 years. For the past 5 years, he has been teaching Capoeira for kids from ages 2 – 18 in schools throughout Salvador. He develops classes that are creative, engaging, and fun for kids, motivated by the underlying belief that teaching Capoeira to kids helps them to use their energy in a constructive and positive way.