"Capoeira é arte, danca, malícia, filosofia, malandragem, teatro, música coreografia, nao é violencia."
‘Capoeira is art, dance, guile, philosophy, trickery, theatrics, music and choreography, it’s not violence.’ ~ Mestre Curio
Born Jaime Martins dos Santos, in 1937 in Bahia, Mestre Curio began capoeira when he was only six years old. Later in life he joined Mestre Pastinha, the founder of Capoeira Angola, as his student.
Mestre Curio received an honorary Doctorate from the Federal University of Mexico and Master Laureate by the Ministry of Culture and Education (MEC), and in 2006 received the title Ambassador off Brazilian culture, by the UN.
There’s an article about mandinga on Capoeira Connection, in which Mestre Curió says:
"There’s the mandinga of black magic and there’s the mandinga of the capoeirista’s cleverness, when he reaches the point where he can really be called a capoeirista.
And especially when he’s an angoleiro. It’s not that there doesn’t exist elements of mandinga in Regional. But there are people who enter the roda,exchange beatings, and claim that they’re good. But they’re not good.
That’s what mandinga is: It’s wisdom, it’s being able to hit your adversary but not doing so; you show that you didn’t hit him because you didn’t want to."
Mestre Curio teaches at Irmões Gémeos Academy in, Pelourinho in Salvador de Bahia.