Professor Curioso (Paulo Farinha) was born in Braga, Minho Portugal, and his family moved to Toronto, Ontario Canada when he was 3. Paulo was interested in Martial Arts from an early age, having dabbled in Chito-Ryu Karate, various styles of Kung-Fu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Muay Thai.
Curioso discovered his true passion for Capoeira in June of 2000, when he took his very first class with Mestre Bola. Since then he has taught and performed all over the World including: Canada, U.S.A., Bermuda, UK, Germany, Ukraine, and of course, Ireland.
Thanks to Capoeira Curioso decided to pursue a Kinesiology degree, and holds a Specialized Honours Degree in Kinesiology and a Certificate in Sport Administration.
Under Mestre Bola’s tutelage Instrutor Curioso also learned many different aspects of Afro-Brazilian percussion, has played in and helped organize a variety of stage shows. He currently plays in Irelands foremost Maracatu group, Maracatu Ilha Brilhante, and in September of 2013 he founded Cork’s Afro-Brazilian percussion group, Bloco Rebeldia!
Founder Mestre Bola (Marinaldo Da Silva) was born in Olinda, Pernambuco – a thriving centre of Afro-Brazilian culture with a long-standing Capoeira tradition. He began training with a top Capoeira Master in 1988. Initially, Bola moved to Vancouver in 1995 where he taught Capoeira for some time, but then relocated to Toronto in 2000 to open an academy. In 2005 he founded Capoeira Camará, which now includes academies across Canada, Ireland, Bermuda, Russia, Ukraine, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia and Brazil.
Beyond his teaching duties in Toronto, Bola participates in numerous Capoeira events all over the world. He is also an accomplished musician and is responsible for producing five successful annual Batizado e Troca da Corda shows. Overall, Bola has been promoting Brazilian culture and Capoeira for 15 years. His travels have taken him to training sessions and performances around the globe.
Bola’s Capoeira expertise and leadership have earned him international recognition and in January of 2014 Mestre Bola received his Mestre belt in his home city of Olinda. This was given to him by none other than Mestre Preguica, who trained under Mestre Bimba himself.