Mestre Cobra Mansa

Mestre Cobra Mansa (Cinézio Peçanha) has been a Master of Capoeira Angola since 1986. He is one of the principal figures responsible for the revitalisation of Capoeira Angola. In 1996, he founded the International Capoeira Angola Foundation (Fundaçao Internacional de Capoeira de Angola) in Washington DC. Mestre Cobra Mansa participated as producer, consultant and actor in diverse documentary films about capoeira. He is co-director of the film Jogo de Corpo: Capoeira and Ancestry (2014). He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in the multidisciplinary, multi-institutional programme (DMMDC) at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) in Salvador, Brazil.