Axe Capoeira opened their first classes in the Valley in fall of 2009. Since its beginnings, the group has showcased its talent in international events.
Simao Diaz, leader of Axe Capoeira North Island, started working with capoeira in 2001.
In 2009 he moved to the Comox Valley to start working with the community and be an example for aspiring athletes and martial artists.
This Saturday, Axe Capoeira North Island will open the doors of its first academy on the North Island.
Students from Comox, Cumberland, Campbell River and Powell River will be invited as well as the community to participate in capoeira workshops given by international guest professors Marcus Aurelio (prof. Barraozinho) and Kevin Brett (prof. Testa).
There will be workshops for children and adults starting at 11 a.m. with a demonstration at noon.
Simao Diaz welcomes all who are interested in the art form of capoeira to the new academy at 129 Fifth St. in downtown Courtenay to participate this Saturday.
— Axe Capoeira North Island