Roberto Tapia, a.k.a. Contramestre Hakim, began arrived to USA from Chile in 2005.
In April 2008 Tapia opened his own studio Roda Movements in Takoma Park, Maryland, dedicating himself full-time to nurturing the studio as a place in which the community can learn and enjoy different styles of martial arts, fitness, and dances. Roberto Tapia has been responsible for organize over 17 Capoeira events (Batizados) in the DC Area, bringing professors and mestres from another states and countries. An American citizen since 2016. He achieved the title of “Professor" in Arraial D’Ajuda in Bahia, Brazil in 2013. In 2017 Roberto was part of "Sminthsonian Folk Festival" teaching several workshops in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Institution.
In Nov of 2021 Roberto got the cord of "Contramestre" in his 16th Capoeira event in Takoma Park MD, under mestre Maxuel.
In July 2023 Contramestre Hakim traveled to Porto Seguro Bahia Brazil to the first International Anga Capoeira encounter with five of his students.
Roberto also has been traveled to different states of the USA and also other countries around the world with the purpose of encouraging Capoeira through seminars, workshops and demonstrations.
Contramestre Hakim also is the owner and creator of Roda Movements LLC www.rodamovements.com and RodaJuice
The ANGÁ Capoeira group was formed in 2018 by Mestre Maxuel Moreira and his students. Maxuel is a student of Mestre Railson from the group Capoeira Sul da Bahia. Its objective is to support the development of the members by the creation of new projects through a collective organization. It is present in Brazil, Chile, Peru, France, the United States, Canada, France Guyana, Angola, Mozambique and England.
ANGÁ Capoeira in the Washington DC area is lead by Roberto Tapia a.k.a Contramestre Hakim.
"Our mission is to encourage and promote the art of Capoeira in the area". Students (Kids and Adults) will learn and enjoy specific movements and rhythms through the knowledge and techniques of qualified and professional teachers in an amiable environment.
ANGA Capoeira Maryland, USA Nov 2021.
Batizado in which Hakim got his cord of Contramestre.
In Capoeira, the 'rope' ('corda') that is worn around the waist represents one's level and responsibilities as a capoeirista. We get the rope during the 'Batizado' or baptism, which is held annually in the fall. It's a great festival that brings together the Masters and Teachers from several countries. After a week of workshops and capoeira circles, our guests play with each student and tie their new belts on during a spectacular show to which relatives and friends are invited.
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7014-A Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912