Mestre Paulao Ceara

I’m Paulo Sales Neto and I was born on 14 January 1961 in Fortaleza. I devoted my life to capoeira from an early age. When I started with Capoeira I did not know that it

I’m Paulo Sales Neto and I was born on 14 January 1961 in Fortaleza. I devoted my life to capoeira from an early age. When I started with Capoeira I did not know that it would take me so far but Capoeira made me a wise man in all areas of life.

Mestre Paulao Ceara

In 1989, Mestre Paulinho Sabiá, Mestre Boneco and I founded Grupo Capoeira Brasil. To share Capoeira with an unknown part of the world, I came to The Netherlands in 1993. This was a very special experience for me, and I learned a lot about myself, but also about how different life in the Netherlands is. This was very fun but also often heavy and I am therefore very proud of the group I built in the Netherlands.

In 2011, I made the difficult decision to leave the Netherlands to join my wife and two children in Hungary. Even though I live further away, the Netherlands always feels like home and I try to fly to the Netherlands as often as possible to keep the band strong with our group.
I love life very much and I always try to be a good father, husband, friend, but also an example for all students.

(interview taken by Grupo Capoeira Brasil Holanda)