Mestre (Master) Caboclinho Aruanda is the founder and director of Centro TABCAT. He is the guardian of Capoeira Angola from Salvador Bahia Brazil in the United States. As a native of Salvador Brazil, Master Caboclinho Aruanda started Capoeira when he was just six years old with his father, Grand Master Jose Vicente Dantas, a student of Mestre Joao Bodeiro who founded Tribo Afro Bahiana de Capoeira Angola Tradicional (TABCAT) in 1957. As a young man Mestre Caboclinho Aruandaearned his career playing Capoeira in the streets of Salvador Bahia Brazil and taught Capoeira in “Associacao de Moradores da Mangeuira” in Salvador Brazil. From that moment forward, Mestre Caboclinho Aruandawas destined to bring the heart of Brazilian folkloric arts to be known and loved through his teachings to people worldwide. Master Caboclinho Aruanda toured throughout Bahia and Brazil with Afro-Brazilian Samba Schools and Dance Troupes such as Ile Aiye, Viva Bahia, and Bahia Magia and with the infamous Vermelho de Pastinha in the Arena Theater. Mestre’s talent was recognized by Brazilian film director Tisuka Yamazaki and he landed a role in Yamazaki’s 1980′s re-make of the legendary 1960′s film “Pagador de Promesa” which featured Mestre Traira. Mestre Caboclinho Aruanda played Capoeira with a razor blade in his toes in this 1980′s film which gained recognition all over Brazil.

Mestre Caboclinho Aruanda’s work as a talented sambista, folkloric artist and amazing acrobatics in Capoeira (inventor of the acrobatic “Rum Barcadi” and “Roda parafuso”) earned him positions traveling worldwide in Brazilian performance troupes like Oba Oba!, Viva Brazil, Scala Miami and even Broadway. Eventually Mestre Caboclinho Aruanda began teaching Capoeira in the U.S, after graduating as a Master in 1980 in Bahia with his father Master Jose Vicente Dantas. In 1989 he opened his first U.S school in Miami Florida. Soon after he opened tribes (schools) in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Atlanta, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Columbus, Cape Verde and Chicago. Mestre Caboquinho Aruanda has graduated many students in Salvador Bahia Brazil as Mestres, Contra-Mestres, Treinels and Professors. His humble disposition as a kind teacher brings people to marvel even more his amazing talent in the roda. His fondest memory is of the late great Mestre Pastinha, as one of the last people to see the great Mestre Pastinha alive in a senior home. He remembers the Master blind, sitting up on his bed and when Mestre entered the room and asked “Mestre Pastinha?” Pastinha replied “Yes it’s me.” (without knowing who had entered) he said” A good Capoeirista is one the jumps here to there.” Little did Mestre Caboclinho Aruanda know that this great Master would pass away two days later.