Our Instructors



Piranha is the founder and head instructor at Capoeira Valente in Johannesburg. Piranha has been training capoeira for well over 10 years and has been teaching for close to 8 years. He has an infectious passion for capoeira and teaching in general and pours heart and soul into each class and every event. Piranha has a natural gift with children and invests much of his energy into the growth of his young students, as he believes these students are the future and will carry this beautiful martial art through the next century.

His Philosophy

Piranha believes that the most benficial competition is the competition to better oneself each day and that no matter how much experience one has, you should never stop learning and challenging yourself. Humility and confidence is an apparent part of his philosophy for capoeira and for life and he believes that with this combination you can conquer any challenge and goal one might face. The growth of ones peers, grows yourself and this is taught by Piranha in each lesson. He believes that as we allow and help the people around us to grow, we unconsciously allow and help ourselves to grow.





Xena is the assistant teacher and 2 IC at Capoeira Valente. Xena started training capoeira at the age of 9, she has always had natural ability for capoeira and this has lead her into her teaching role. Her warm and soft nature creates a wonderful learning environment for the younger students but she has an acute understanding of how to give a strong class to make the older students sweat and at the same time love her for it. Xena brings a strong female presence and is a role model to everyone across all ages.