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Anthony Santo Domingo
(Head Instructor)

With over 20 years of Capoeira training, “Santo” has advanced the art of Capoeira in Ohio with programs in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. Founded in 2009 — Capoeira Brasil (CLEVELAND) is the premiere academy for Capoeira instruction in Ohio.

Santo is also a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Professor Chris Chard and the Head Instructor of VIA JIU JITSU. Being the smallest student in the room for the majority of his career, his focus in training has always been efficiency — to use as little strength and power to achieve success. Rest assured, his commitment to safe training is paramount.

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Tori Popovich

Tori’s martial arts journey began at age 7 with Kwanmukan karate, and since then she’s dedicated her life to studying various martial arts including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Capoeira, and Sanchi Ryu Karate. Tori’s martial arts experience has had a resounding impact in her career with Team Stunt Predators and Ohio Burn Unit.

“I believe martial arts gives you an advantage over the average person by developing strength of character, and syncing the mind and body. Martial arts is the best thing I have done in my life and I look forward to sharing my experiences with the next generations.”

Tori began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2013 and holds the rank of purple belt.

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Duane Kirksey

Duane, also known as “Cappuccino” joined Capoeira Brasil in 2013 and has participated in community events promoting the power of Capoeira to shape and create stronger communities. His personal mission has focused on sustainable physical and mental growth and resilience to continue participating in Capoeira for years to come. He has been an advocate of healthy advances in strength, endurance, and flexibility and provides additional support in warm-ups and conditioning of the team.

In addition to Capoeira, Cappuccino is a staff physician at Cleveland Clinic performing home-based primary care for homebound adults in the greater Cleveland area.

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Kyle Dryden

Kyle, also known as “Tubarão”, joined Capoeira Brasil in 2014 and has participated in community events to educate people on the community strengthening elements of capoeira. His mission is to help people build confidence and find the freedom they dream of through capoeira. Tubarão studies the history and philosophy of capoeira music and how it connects people.

In addition to capoeira, Tubarão works as a senior sales service representative for mondelez international and also enjoys bouldering and bowling.