"I’m Rafael, known by capoeira community as Piolho, my capoeira name.
I am Brazilian based in Chester, I'm a capoeira master, I have dedicated 27 years to this beautiful art.
Capoeira is an art form which mixes, martial arts, dance, acrobatics, music and more…
I’m really passionate about my art, I have travelled to more than 35 countries to teach, learn and perform - I love to share my knowledge with others."
"I study with FutureFit because I know it will give me so much experience, knowledge and opportunities."
I think when I started to realise that with dedication, I could have success in capoeira. I never planned a career in capoeira, but I trained hard, kept developing my work and it all happened in a very natural way.
Prepare yourself, overcome your fears, study, and learn from great people, get experience and training in a place where you really feel good and take your time, there’s no rush.
Rice and beans with beef steak with lots of onions! This is a Brazilian style meal and my mum makes it the best!
Bruce Lee - I love the way he thinks about movement and how he can transform movement in a split second.
I don’t have a favourite - I enjoy mixing things up and trying new things. The most important thing is that I feel good during and after training. I do love training acrobatic movements too!
To be able to disappear and reappear in different places in an instant so I could travel the world whenever I wanted!
I think it will be an amazing opportunity to open new doors into the fitness industry and to combine my experience and all my knowledge with new specialist fitness knowledge. I hope it will enable me to work in new places and reach more people to share my passion and skills.
Both, but i'm really more excited to get involved in this new world!
Fitness has always been a big part of my life - I started sports at a very young age and was a very active child. To play capoeira you need full body fitness so this has always been part of my training. In the last few years I have become more aware of and interested in the fitness industry and what it can offer to me, to capoeira and to others. Learning about fitness has helped me look after my body, and feel great.
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