Pena Verde is from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. He started playing Capoeira when he was 15 years old with Mestre Sabia, the coordinator of The Association of Ginga Mundo Capoeira.
Pena has been teaching Capoeira for over 10 years. He has taught Capoeira classes to children and adults in Salvador, Brazil; Barcelona, Spain; Berlin, Germany; and Paris, France. Currently, he teaches Capoeira to children in New York City, at Community Roots Charter School, Katmint Learning Initiative and Brooklyn East Collegiate Middle School. He has also taught at Essex Street Academy High School, Bronx International High School, P.S. 372-the Children’s School, P.S. 11, Brooklyn Friends School, Music Time Kids, and the Tribeca Community School.
Pena believes that Capoeira has been responsible for transforming the lives of people all over the world. For this reason, he is thankful for the opportunity to teach Capoeira in New York City.