Richard “D-cal” Dacalos has a passion for social impact and unlocking human potential through play and powerfully designed programs.
He has over a decade of experience an educator, martial artist, and certified coach working with start-ups, individuals and organizations from all of the world. He has spoken and run programs in the United States, Cuba, Canada, Switzerland, the Philippines, Malaysia, Armenia and more.
He created and co-founded several ventures including Upstart: The Board Game which broke local crowdfunding records in the Philippines and eventually successfully funded on Kickstarter.
I've had several capoeira classes in The Philippines under Richard Dacalos. His method breaks down each movement and technique clearly and he demonstrates the reason for each in a clear, concise and practical manner. His classes are fun yet challenging. Highly recommended.
What I appreciated about Sempre Capoeira NY, led by Formado Pirulito, is the way in which Capoeira is taught. Students find themselves not simply participating in a class, but being welcomed into a community that genuinely strives to learn and grow together. Formado Pirulito makes a distinct effort to get to know you and your motivations, and accompanies you on your own journey as you learn the art form. Sempre Capoeira also brings focus on the multiple aspects of Capoeira: the culture and history, the music, the other art forms that emerged alongside it, and the contemporary form that Capoeira can find itself in. You will always find something new to learn about the art form and about yourself through these classes.
Pirulito is a very driven capoeirista with a deep knowledge and love for capoeira. It is evident in the way he constructs his classes, to the way he leads the rodas, to the way he inspires others to become better capoeristas, and even in the way he sings capoeira songs :)
Perfect introduction to capoeira! Each class was always a mix of movements and music. Formado Pirulito always made it a point to integrate each lesson to the contex and culture of capoeira