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Guerilla Arts Ink | Kojo Johnson


Kojo Johnson

Kojo X. Johnson began studying Capoeira in 1988 with Nana Kweku Sakyi in Washington DC. In 1993 he dedicated himself to the study of Capoeira Angola under Mestre Cobra Mansa. It was through Mestre Cobra Mansa and Mestre Moraes that he was first introduced to the world of Capoeira in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil in 1994.

At the IX International Conference of the International Capoeira Angola Foundation in Belo Horizonte in 2003, he received the title of Treinel, under Mestres Cobra Mansa, Mestre Jurandir Nascimento, and Mestre Valmir Santos Damasceno. In 2004, Mestre Cobra Mansa left to develop his new project, Kilombo Tenonde, combining the best of Capoeira Angola with the best of sustainable agriculture.

Since then, Trreinel Kojo assumed leadership and shared responsibility for running the DC chapter of ICAF/FICA. Using Capoeira as a vehicle for youth and community development. He has provided demonstrations/workshops for people of many diverse backgrounds in DC, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Puerto Rico and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for many organizations such as LAYC-MMYC, Centro Nia, DC Youth Services (Youth Detention Center), Goucher College, George Washington University, Allegheny College and Baltimore Public Schools (Baltimore Artist in Residence), and Comunidade Alto Simão (Rio de Janeiro), Calabash Boom Community (St John, US Virgin Islands), SevenMinusSeven (St Thomas, USVI), and The School of Carribean Dance (St Croix, USVI).