On the Art of Capoeira a 40-minute interview with Mestre Paulo Batuta Lima Almost 20 years ago, Leaning into Light founder Jessica Rios witnessed the Brazilian martial art of capoeira for the first time. She was stunned and instantly felt deeply drawn capoeira. A few years later she met Paulo "Batuta" Lima, a Mestre who exhibited both breathtaking mastery of capoeira and a powerful, gentle light shining from his heart and eyes.
In this conversation, Jessica and Paulo explore what capoeira is, where it comes from and how it heals.
Paulo first experienced capoeira in 1985 in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. He moved to San Diego, California in 1997 originally to study English. He trained capoeira on the side, and soon found himself in a leadership role as he became endeared with a group that had embraced this Brazilian art form. Before long, he left behind his career in Brazil as an economist, as he discovered capoeira had opened a door for him in San Diego.
Through Mestre Paulo Batuta’s leadership, Capoeira Mandinga established a school in Las Vegas in 2002, Guam in 2005, and Houston in 2008. He teaches at the University of California at San Diego, and through the non-profit organization, The Capoeira Institute, he provides outreach programs for underprivileged youth.
Paulo Batuta Lima Interview MARCH 2019 Leaning into Light