Joel Melendez

Head of Capoeira Ginga Brasil in Connecticut


Joel (AKA Suave) is an accomplished Capoeirista with an energy for the art that is highly contagious.  Included in his experience, Joel trained with Mestre Efraim Silva for four years, and he has trained with Mestre Pinga Fogo for eight years.  Currently under the supervision of Mestre Pinga Fogo, Suave enjoys training and sharing his knowledge of Capoeira with students of all ages.

Joel is the co-owner of Matica Arts, LLC. and runs Matica in Harwinton, CT as his full-time profession.  As one of the highest ranking Capoeiristas in Connecticut, Suave consults with us in regards to our Capoeira program.