About Us

Thanks for stopping by! We’d like to take a minute to introduce ourselves, talk about our journey, and how/why Capoeira Connection came to be. My name is Corey Goodman, but in the Capoeira world, my apelido (nickname) is Pena – it means “feather”. I started practicing Capoeira in 1994 at the age of 12 with Mestre Rodrigo Zerlotti who formed Capoeira Evolução in Austin, TX. When I started Capoeira, there weren’t very many accessible resources in the United States for anything Capoeira related.. especially not instruments.

I started out by learning how to make my own berimbaus using a tree called ligustrum. I learned the art of making berimbaus and caxixis from my Mestre’s very first student, Scott Baltisburger, and spent the next 10 years honing my berimbau making skills and passing on those techniques to other students and anyone interested in learning. However, this still didn’t serve the larger Capoeira community that was probably in the same boat as I was.

Fast forward to 2017, I decided to try and establish a way to bring quality instruments to the United States by partnering with different Capoeira Professionals around Brazil, and Capoeira Connection was born! I later teamed up with my long time friend and fellow Capoeirista Al Allmuelle, also known as Cadençia – “Cadence” in the Capoeira world; and together we dove head first into bringing this dream to a reality.

After months of planning, researching, and hard work we made it to São Paulo Brazil in order to find the best Capoeira instruments for our Community. We really wanted to search out and put our hands on everything we were bringing to our community… So that’s exactly what we did. Check out the vlog to see how we get hand made Capoeira Instruments from Brazil directly to you.


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