Salê Ramos began Capoeira training in Brazil in 1990. Through his many years of training and experience, he has learned the many techniques and aspects important to Capoeira. His training has included intense physical conditioning, studying Capoeira's extensive history and learning to play the musical instruments, all of which are integral parts of capoeira.
In 2000, he traveled to Chile, Argentina and Peru in order to teach a number of intensive Capoeira workshops. Salê came to San Francisco in November 2001, and began teaching Capoeira at the San Francisco Central YMCA in 2002. His goal has been to create a strong community through Capoeira and to keep its spirit alive outside of Brazil.
In 2012, Salê recorded his students as they learned physically and mentally challenging Capoeira moves. Salê also interviewed each student about what they learned and enjoyed in his class. After class, Salê uploaded the recordings onto a Tumblr blog.
The students enjoyed being the stars of the blog. Salê found that it even enabled “students [to] relate visually to what they’re learning.
Salê presented his blog at staff professional development meetings. His fellow teaching artists were excited to see the possibilities of examining student growth over time. Check out Salê’s blog here!