Mestre Eclilson De Jesus
Born in Recife, Pernambuco (northeastern Brazil) Mestre Eclilson is a highly regarded Master of Capoeira, with 34 years of experience.
In 1990 Mestre Eclilson was invited to Canada and the USA to participate at various festivals demonstrating this unique martial art/dance called Capoeira. That’s when Mestre Eclilson decided to make Vancouver his new home. Since then, his professional career has taken him across the world, teaching this ancient art form and touring with his performance group Aché Brasil.
Mestre Eclilson de Jesus is responsible for bringing Capoeira to Canada. He also sponsored many Capoeiristas from Brazil to travel to Canada and other countries to teach Capoeira, helping Capoeira grow across the globe.
Mestre Eclilson began training Capoeira at the beach when he was only 10 years old after he saw his first roda in the streets. That’s when he fell in love with capoeira. Soon after, he began training with Mestre Tete and after a few years, he began assisting Mestre Tete with teaching.
Mestre Eclilson received his 1st degree Mestre belt in 1995 by Mestre Elisio as Mestre Eclilson had lost contact with Mestre Tete. In 2007, Mestre Eclilson was acknowledged with a Second Degree Mestre Belt from Mestre Derli, who is the padrinho (Godfather figure) of Capoeira Aché Brasil. This honour was given to Mestre Eclilson in recognition of all the years of dedication, teaching, training and promoting the art of Capoeira.
Mestre Eclilson de Jesus’ philosophy in Capoeira is to bring people together to create a healthy community respecting each other’s ethnical background and the uniqueness of every individual. Mestre is also known for his sinuous agility and spectacular acrobatics, as well as his charisma and positive energy.
For more on Mestre Eclilson de Jesus, see History of Capoeira Aché Brasil and Mission Statement.
Written by one of his students;
If we could measure the importance of a Capoeira Mestre to Capoeira, one would need but only two words. Mestre Pastinha, and Mestre Bimba. They are the pioneering Mestre’s to Capoeira Angola, and Capoeira Regional. But to all Capoeirista’s, they are that and so much more. Great Mestre seam to posses characteristics that set them apart from all others. They are charismatic leaders that attract followers. Their Mandinga are keen and honest. Capoeira Mestre’s are not only teachers of the Jogo de Capoeira, but they are mentors for life.
They prepare us to move up the ranks and obtain our belts, but they also help us evolve as people. They make us want to learn all there is know about the culture about this art form. Their devotion is deep-rooted and that alone draws us towards them.
For most Mestre’s, Capoeira is a way of life. It is a way of being and a way of expressing them selves. They represent the present, future and past of this game. They come from a people that lived lives of brutal slavery. Their ancestors existed each day with fear of the unknown, and loss of their free will. The music rituals and philosophies’ have been shaped by this history. The Mestre’s of the past and present express themselves through song, and their beliefs are deeply ingrained in the music. It is one of the great examples of how Mestre’s directly impact the game and culture of Capoeira. Even though some of them are no longer with us, they continue to teach and guide us. Through time, it is as though the Mestre’s legacy enters a kind of mysticism in the ritual of singing their soulful songs or uttering some infamous parables they have composed. We Capoeirista’s pay a sort of homage in honor of their memory. We still feel their presence in the Roda. We continue to sense their Ache. Their wisdom and knowledge speaks for itself, and it is not boastful or egotistical. It is subtle yet poignant. The importance of a Mestre to the game of Capoeira, is immeasurable. They allow the game to evolve, therefore making the game immortal.