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Roberto Tapia, a.k.a. Professor Hakim, began teaching capoeira in 1999 at universities in Santiago, Chile, at various gyms and cultural centers. Upon arriving in the United States in 2005, he began teaching in Rockville, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
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 and movement arts, fitness, and dance. He began teaching capoeira for various after-school programs around the Washington, D.C area, as well as performing for numerous schools, universities, embassies, cultural events and TV programs. In June 2011, he organized a highly successful Brazilian festival in downtown Silver Spring, MD, Roberto Tapia has been responsible for organize over 15 batizados (Capoeira events) in the DC Area, bringing professors and mestres from another states and countries. An American citizen since 2016, he achieved the title of “Professor Estagiario" in Arraial D’Ajuda in Bahia, Brazil in 2013. In 2017 Roberto was part "Sminthsonian Folk Festival" teaching several workshops in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Institution.
In Dec of 2018 Roberto Tapia got the blue cord of "Professor Formado" in Santiago Chile. Roberto has also traveled to countries around the world with the purpose of encouraging Capoeira through seminars, workshops and demonstrations.
Professor Hakim getting the Prof.Estagiario cord at the 5th Encontro Sul da Bahia, Arraial D'Ajuda, Bahia Brazil 2013.
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7014-A Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912