Capoeira Terreiro da Lua

The group logo was created by Martin Parsekian.

Capoeira Terreiro da Lua™ is a capoeira group and school in Queens, New York City, led by Instrutor Malandro. Terreiro da Lua loosely translates to "meeting place of the moon". The group was established in May 2019 and hosted its inaugural batizado in September 2019.

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Capoeira (cap·o·ei·ra) is an Afro-Brazilian martial art form disguised as a dance. It was created in the 16th century as a form of resistance by enslaved Africans and African descendants in Brazil who concealed this practice of self-defense with music, dance and acrobatics. Capoeira presented an opportunity to liberate and grow their community. Music is integral to Capoeira, guiding the movements and style. Capoeira has transcended the globe as a tool for physical and mental training and spiritual well-being.

Instrutor Malandro

Jon Michael Leccia, or Instrutor Malandro, is the founder and leader at Capoeira Terreiro da Lua. At age 14, Malandro began his capoeira training with Mestre Ombrinho (Leader of Capoeira Angola Quintal) in 2004 at the Satellite Academy High School (New York City). He received his first rank in 2005 and trekked to Bahia, Brazil to train in 2006 and 2008. In 2006 through 2017, Instrutor Malandro also taught capoeira to different school grades in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx. In 2015, Malandro received the Instrutor rank under the teachings of Contra Mestre Omi of Ile de Palmares.