Association Capoeira’s founder Fassassi believes that Capoeira originates from Benin’s traditional martial arts and was taken to Brazil with people chained from Benin. Mind-building and confidence-strengthening in the local culture is thus the focus of Association Capoeira Benin.
A great number of their students are orphans from a nearby orphanage. Creating opportunities for them is the secondary focus of ACB. The founders are raise their students’ employability.
After falling in love with capoeira for historical and anthropological reasons, Fassassi started learning capoeira by himself on the internet in 1999. He could get some support from the Brazilian embassy in Benin, and in 2003, he created a group and started teaching capoeira to young fellows.
After realizing how capoeira had helped millions of Brazilians, he endeavoured several capoeira-related social projects, to improve the condition of his young students, and to informally teach them a set of values and virtue.
He figured out that mastering capoeira could allow people in Benin to make a living from it.