Instrutora Folha Seca
Instrutora Folha Seca (Jen Miranda Rodrigues) leads Raízes do Brasil Capoeira Madison. Folha started training Capoeira in Michigan in late 2005 with Capoeira Mandinga. Folha trained for a couple of months in Salvador and Itacaré, Bahía, and then moved to Madison in 2006, when she joined Raízes do Brasil with then Instructor (now Contra-Mestre) Sabidinho. After moving to California in late 2007, she trained with Professores Kevin and Melissa in San Francisco and with Mestre Papiba and Professores Quati and Melão in Santa Cruz.
The Capoeira community became a second home and was where Folha met her husband Caju (Iran). Folha and Caju moved back to Madison in late 2018 with their daughter and a second little one on the way. They miss their Cali Capoeira community, but the Madison Capoeira community has quickly become family. Learning the long verses of Papiba’s original Capoeira music is still a favorite pastime, and Folha infuses some of the weekly music sessions with Papiba’s music.
Graduado Moinho (Joe) first saw Capoeira in a film in 1993 but it wasn't until 2006, when his friend Edwin, (known in the Capoeira world as Lebre) had started training that he was convinced to try it out. After an impromptu class in the park one summer evening Moinho (Portuguese for Windmill) was hooked. He quickly became one of the most dedicated students of the Madison branch of Raízes do Brasil Capoeira, participating in as many classes, demos and workshops as his busy work schedule would allow. He considers himself lucky to have been able to travel to California and New York for several events featuring workshops with Masters of Capoeira from around the U.S. and Brazil. Moinho is always very excited to share his experience helping teach kid and adult classes. He learned to ginga from his good friend Folha Seca many, many summers ago.