Mestre Sombra, determined to open a proper school in the south, choosing São Paulo. He opened classes in its Port, Santos. In 1975 he created Associação de Capoeira Senzala de Santos With its egalitarian motto "At Senzala we are all aspects of the same face". Today there are over 2000 schools in Sao Paulo and Capoeira is recognised as a national sport. Associação de Capoeira Senzala de Santos has grown worldwide like a tree.