Capoeira Master Commemorates 70th Birthday Biking 14,000 Miles from CA to Brazil
Mestre Acordeon (Ubirajara Almeida) born in Salvador, Bahia Brazil, is considered a living legend in the Afro-Brazilian martial art known as Capoeira. Acordeon will commemorate his 70th birthday by riding his bicycle on a 14,000-mile journey from Berkeley, California to his hometown of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. He will immerse himself in local cultures: customs, traditions, values, music and dance, and will study the social significance of Capoeira in diverse communities. The project will encompass populations in 11 countries and more than 32 cities. This epic and historic journey, called Project B2B-Joga Capoeira (Berkeley to Bahia), will start September 1, 2013 and take about a year to complete.