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A martial art rooted in a interesting history, capoeira was created by enslaved africans in Brazil. Born from oppression, this dance-fight was a way to find liberation.

Over time, capoeira has grown and can now be found all over the world. People are drawn to capoeira because it is rich in movement. Benefits include improved stamina, balance, rhythm, strength and mental acuity. If you are looking for a new way to move, come check it out!


Contra Mestre Pato

Mason Rapacz (Contra Mestre Pato) started capoeira in Flagstaff, AZ in 2003. He was hooked after his first class and started what would become a lifelong adventure. In 2007 he went to Brazil and trained for two months, traveling all over the country and learning portuguese in the process. When he returned to the U.S. he moved to Pullman, WA where there was no capoeira, so with the permission of Mestre Doutor, he started teaching classes. This culminated with a Batizado (graduation ceremony) for the students of the group in 2011. In 2012 he moved to California where he once again began teaching classes. Contra Mestre Pato currently resides in Chico, CA, and he obtained the rank of Contra Mestre, the second highest rank in capoeira in 2022.

Estagiario Equilibrio

Andre Valentino Williams (Estagiario Equilibrio) started capoeira with Contra Mestre Pato in 2016. A movement arts specialist, Andre practiced circus arts, aerial yoga, and different iterations of dance, until finally choosing capoeira as his art of choice. He earned the name Equilibrio due to his incredible body control and balance and beautiful movements. He has been helping Pato lead the group for the past few years and has been instrumental in the growth of the group. In his off time he is working to become an acupuncturist.

Class Schedule

All classes are held at Movement Arts of Chico: 254 E. First Street Chico, CA 95928

Private lessons by appt. – Call or email for info!

Contra Mestre Pato / / (928) 600-9189

Estagiário Equilibrio / (530) 870-1133


Batizado coming soon!

We have our batizado coming up Aug 11-12. We are having many great guests come through and we would love to see you. There is an event page on facebook that has more information. Click the link to find out more.


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Private lessons by appt. – Call or email for info!

Contra Mestre Pato / / (928) 600-9189

Estagiário Equilibrio / (530) 870-1133

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