Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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The Associação Brasileira de Apoio e Desenvolvimento da Arte-Capoeira (ABADÁ-Capoeira), in English translated as the Brazilian Association for the Support and Development of the Art of Capoeira, was founded in 1988 by Mestre Camisa (José Tadeu Carneiro Cardoso) and is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ABADÁ-Capoeira is one of the largest Capoeira organisations in the world. ABADÁ-Capoeira incorporates a multi-leveled philosophy for the development of Capoeira. The philosophy includes the relentless pursuit of the technical mastery of Capoeira, on both student and teaching levels; the utilization of the art of Capoeira as a valuable pedagogic tool, as well as an artistic and cultural resource; and the transformation of a student into teacher through the enlightenment and transfer from the student to the teacher, thus keeping the original value systems of the early Capoeira masters, their culture and their life experiences.