The philosophy of Grupo Axé Capoeira is to respect all the Mestres, preserve the roots and traditions of capoeira, and train capoeira in all its aspects: as a fight, art, and culture. We endeavor to teach and educate so that capoeira will grow in a positive healthy way. We attempt to pass on to the students physical and mental methods of training so that they learn to create situations and maintain a dialogue within the game. By playing both with friends and enemies, students learn to deal with any situation in or out of the roda. In North America, we not only teach movements, but the brazilian language and customs as well, so that the students may become true capoeiristas.