By DeShawn "Quiabo" Robins
Difficult moments in life we all have to go through. Life of course can be a flower, but it's full of spines. You have to know how to do it, how to hold the flower. -Mestre Xuxo
I have always believed that great capoeiristas are defined by their dedication and contribution to the art and by the examples they set in their lives and their practice. Mestre Xuxo is a capoeira master who embodies these ideals. He grew up training with his father Mestre Sampaio, left Brazil to teach in Europe when he was 18, and has since dedicated himself not only to training his students and sharpening his skills, but to breaking boundaries within the capoeira world by bringing together practitioners of all styles and levels.
In his YouTube channel and his 2014 documentary Enjoy Yourself, Mestre Xuxo imparts words of wisdom, shares training exercises, and gives inspiring performances. Here are some of the gems from the video “Mestre Xuxo – Enjoy yourself movement”:
You are the one that we need to make a better world. -Mestre Xuxo
Only one person can stop you. Only one person can hold you back, and that person is yourself. -Mestre Xuxo
The secret of life is to live. -Mestre Xuxo
Capoeira itself, and dance, music, art—it cannot change the world, but it can change people, and people can change the world. -Mestre Xuxo