José Luis Ramos (Mestre Ramos) has started to learn capoeira at the age of 15 in Rio de Janeiro with Mestre Cauã (1973 -1976), then with M. Paulo Morfacto (1976 - 1979) after the death of his first master. In the end of 1979, starts to train with M. Toni Vargas and then with Mestre Peixinho, which formed him as a red belt (highest graduation in the Group Senzala) in 1990. In 1992, together with other capoeira masters formed by Mestre Peixinho, they founded the Centro Cultural Senzala de Capoeira, which is still active today. At the same time, from 1993 M. Ramos have a capoeira social work in Bangu, west area of Rio de Janeiro; also coordinate capoeira centres in others Brazilian States (Minas Gerais, Cuiabá, Campinas, Belém do Pará) and in others countries (U.S.A., Italy, Spain, Ireland and Slovenia).
Mestre Ramos is regularly invited as special guest in capoeira events organized around the world to give workshop of capoeira and others Afro-Brazilian dances and rituals. From 2004, M. Ramos organize and coordinate one of the biggest capoeira events of the world, Cultural Interchange Roda Mundo Capoeira, with the participation of the most influent personalities of the capoeira world.