Executive Director, Brandon "Faisão" Johnson fell in love with the art of Kapoeira Angola in 2008 while attending Pratt Institute as an Art major.
The principles, discipline and artistry acquired in his 12 years of training with Contra Mestre Omi, of the Ile De Palmares Kapoeira Angola Group, has contributed immensely to his ability to create a captivating classroom dynamic.
He engages and teaches the youth Afro-Brazilian Cultural Arts with his upbeat, fun and holistic approach to physical fitness and self expression through Kapoeira.
Brother Brandon has been an integral part of the Ifetayo Community for 4 years teaching Toddler, Foundation, Advanced Beginner Kapoeira Angola classes as well as teaching in the I.A.M.B. Rites of Passage Program.
He is grateful and honored to pass on his knowledge to the youth.
The KA Arts seeks to ignite, empower, and develop the minds of every soul that encounters us through our Afrikan centered and holistic teaching approach.
We support the growth of conscious, mindful, and healthy individuals and we consistently preserve and present Afrikan Culture within all communities.
The KA is an important symbol of Ancient Kemetic cosmology that simply means soul. The Ka spirit represents the part of a persons conscience that leads to compassion, honor and especially to righteousness. It can be depicted as vigor, youth or anything that a person deemed desirable and right... for example eternal life.
Invented by enslaved Afrikans in Brazil, Kapoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art disguised as a dance. Influenced by a blend of martial arts and dances from diverse Afrikan cultures, Kapoeira was practiced as a playful game which disguised it’s combative intentions thus fooling the oppressors.
The KA Arts teaches Kapoeira to children of all ages in many of the public, charter & private schools across New York City. Kapoeira is a treasured medium used to share our vibrant and creative spirit to all communities.
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COVID -19 made an immediate impact on our organization when all of our regularly scheduled programs were halted on March 16th.
We run our program at The Humble School of Martial Arts of Chief Master Sabu in Restoration Plaza, as well as during day and after school programs across New York City. In the spirit of strategic relentlessness we adopted an online process to teach in order to fulfill our obligations to students and families. The KA Arts needs your support to continue the programming and youth development work that we do. Your contribution, large or small, will have a profound impact on the lives of the children and families we serve, many of which are from under-served communities. With your help, The KA Arts can continue to provide programming that plays an essential role in our community and in the lives of our children and students. Please support the organization and our educational programs through an online donation. Enter any amount you would like to donate.