Master Calunga has been teaching Capoeira for more 26 years, and has gotten his title as master ten years ago. He has taken part in courses and workshops all over Brazil. He also has a degree in physical education. Master Calunga started the Ilha de Palmares initiative which aims to pass to the children of the Barra da Lagoa area, the education and social valorization throughout the practice of Capoeira and access to culture. The project is currently supporting more than 130 children aging 7 to 14 from the poor communities.