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Benedikta Heldman is founder and Head of association and thus responsible for administrative, course and place management. She is the main contact for any issues. Besides the association, Benedikta works full-time as a research analyst at adelphi in the field of business development. She supports all tasks in supply management, contributes to the optimization of internal processes and is responsible for the acquisition of projects from international clients such as GIZ, KfW, UN and the BMU. Prior to joining adelphi, Benedikta Heldman worked for the educational institution WeTeK gGmbH in Berlin and conducted lectures and workshops as a lecturer for career orientation programs. In addition, she worked for other educational projects such as the German-French-Polish Youth Competition YEA (German-French Youth Work) and the Tüfteltruhen project of the children's research center HELLEUM. Benedikta Heldman holds a master's degree in Network Management and Education for Sustainable Development from Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin. Previously, she completed the Bachelor's degree in European Studies at Maastricht University, in the Netherlands. She speaks German and French fluently mother tongue, English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Professor Foguinho was born in Macaúbas (Bahia-Brazil), but grew up in São Paulo. In the big city he started learning with Capoeira in 1999 with Mestre Tião. In 2009, he trained as a teacher (Instrutor) and then ventured in 2010 into the wide world. Another leap, for those Brazilians who are not part of the upper middle class or the wealthy! In Portugal he opened his first Academia He lived and worked there until 2014. In 2014 and 2015, he toured several European countries, such as Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Italy, gave workshops there and finally settled in the German capital Berlin in 2015. Since then he has been working in various kindergartens, schools and neighborhood centers in Berlin.
Foguinho's teaching transmits joy of life. Especially with the little ones, he has enormous success and manages to inspire them for the Capoeira and the Brazilian culture. As Foguinho says:
About the group Cordão de Ouro
Mestre Tião belongs to the group Cordão de Ouro, which was founded by Mestre Suassuna Capoeira on September 1, 1967. Mestre Tião is part of probably the most important and well known group of students of Mestre Suassuna, receiving their teacher certificates in 1988.
The group is represented in more than 150 countries worldwide and thus offers a home for every Capoeirista in another corner of the world.