By Jarrel “Chumbinho” Phillips

Ari, a.k.a. Martelo (meaning “Hammer” in portuguese), has been training capoeira with me for three years since the age of four. He is now 7 years old with his verde e amarelo cordao (green and yellow belt) and wanted to show off his latest combo. He truly loves capoeira and it shows in his training and dedication. He even helps me demonstrate and teach the kids capoeira class for 4 to 5 year olds at AcroSports every Friday afternoon. I’m so proud of this guy and pleased to share, train, and play with him; the future of capoeira. We are capoeiristas of Capoeira Ijexa led by Mestre Urubu Malandro.