Marcos Martins, known in the world of Capoeira as 'Paraiba', was born in São Luis, Maranhão, Brazil on May 18, 1984. In 1991, he migrated to Canada with his mother and in 1996, discovered Capoeira. 'Paraiba' immediately fell in love with the art and began his training with Mestre Barrão, who he has been training with ever since. At the age of 14, after moving numerous times between cities in Canada and Brazil, 'Paraiba' decided to dedicate his life to Capoeira. He moved back to Vancouver to live and train with Mestre Barrão for the next 3 years. "Mestre Barrão taught me everything I know in Capoeira and in life", he remembers gratefully today. "He is the best Capoeirista I know." In 2001, Mestre Barrão awarded Paraiba with his 'Monitor' belt. Monitor Paraiba then returned to Toronto and started a branch of Axé Capoeira in Mississauga. In May 2006, Instrutor Paraiba opened Toronto's first Capoeira academy. In March 2009, Paraiba was awarded his Professor belt by his Mestre.
Paraiba has participated in countless Capoeira events, workshops and performances in Brazil, Canada, USA, Russia and Mexico and has also competed in Mixed Martial Arts Competitions. Professor Paraiba continues to travel and train as much as possible and strives to better himself, his skills, knowledge, and all students of Grupo Axé Capoeira. In his teachings, he strives to train individuals to be "complete" capoeiristas who are versed in all aspects of the game; fight, dance, history, culture, music and language.
Today, Professor Paraiba runs the 2x award winning school for Top Capoeira Group in the GTA. Axé Capoeira Toronto's success is greatly due to its continual growth and development of new projects for both the school and its students. Classes and performances continue to be in high demand throught the GTA and surrounding cities. To catch one of Professor Paraiba's classes or performances, call Axé Capoeira Toronto at 647-340-2293.