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date: 30 March 2020

Mestre Bimba locked

1900–1974 Brazilian capoeira teacher (or master) who opened the first academy that formally taught capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art.
  • Ben Penglase

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Manuel dos Reis Machado was born in Bahia. He initially called the martial art that he taught “luta regional” (or regional fighting), and this style has since come to be known as capoeira regional. Mestre Bimba was one of the Capoeiramestres or masters who was influential in ...

A version of this article originally appeared in Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience.

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