Who We Are


About Us

Grand Rapids Capoeira is a school of West Michigan Cordão de Ouro. Classes are led by Juston "Monitor Talento" Espinoza and are formatted to create a safe, positive learning environment for students of any level. We strive to bring Capoeira to the Metro Grand Rapids area to help spread this culturally rich martial art. We also look to serve our community, both locally and globally, through charitable works. See our Community section below to find out more.

Monitor Talento

Talento began training Capoeira in 2005 at Grand Valley State University. Since then, he's visited groups around Michigan, California, New York, Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota, and Ireland. In addition to training and teaching Capoeira, Talento has also created the Capo for the Cure events that help raise funds for charities in the Michigan community and beyond. Talento trains and teaches under the supervision of Instrutor Show Grande (West Michigan CDO).

Professor Show Grande

Show Grande started training Capoeira in August of 1998 with Capoeira Mandinga. In 2003, he joined Cordão de Ouro Capoeira. He has been training Capoeira for over 18 years and travels throughout the United States and Brazil. Show trains under the supervision of Mestre Chicote (CDO Paris).

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Grand Rapids Capoeira continuously works to better the community we live in, both locally and globally. Our members have organized and participated in multiple Capo for the Cure events to raise funds for a variety of charities:
  • Sweat Angels Member: 8/2016 - 7/2017
  • Make-A-Wish Michigan: Capo for the Cure 2014
  • American Heart Association: Capo for the Cure 2012
  • Mary Freebed Prosthetics Dept.: Capo for the Cure 2011
  • National Breast Cancer Foundation: Capo for the Cure 2009 & 2010


Grand Rapids Capoeira, a school of West Michigan Cordão de Ouro

233 E Fulton Suite 620

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


© 2017 Grand Rapids Capoeira

Photography by Kallie Walker Photography,

Holland MI - www.kalliewalker.com


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