Professora Gata - Maui

Lisa Kuramata


Instrutora GataBorn and raised in Wailuku Maui and graduated in 1995 from Baldwin High. Trained kickboxing and boxing from1992-1996 under Cisco Labuanan and entered in several amateur tournaments and one being the first Golden Gloves “wahine bout” for Maui in 1994. During this time in my high school years some of my friends were doing Capoeira shortly after the movie “Only the Strong” came out. I can remember my good friend Chad Militante doing front flips down the school hall when the class periods changed.


After high school I worked and performed in the best Luau show on Maui from 1995-2001, and my good friend Chad also joined the crew a few years later which kept us exposed to Capoeira. He eventually had half the crew doing flips and kicks on our break after set up for many years.

I moved to Kaneohe Oahu to get my education in 2001 and received my B.A. in Psychology in 2008. When I came to Oahu I wanted to do some kind of martial arts and was thinking something in line of kung-fu, so I flipped through the phone book and saw a Capoeira Hawaii advertisement and called them instead. Mestre Kinha was teaching the class while the owner of the academy was on vacation and one class from Mestre Kinha got me hooked…and I knew it was for life. This was in August 2001 and I have been doing it ever since. In 2004 Capoeira Besouro Academy opened up, still under the direction of Mestre Kinha and have been following him ever since.

I received my instructor cord in 2006 and gave birth to my son in 2007. My son has been exposed to Capoeira while in my stomach and through his 2 years of life and started his ginga at 15 months. Right before his 2 year birthday he could sing, play all the instruments (drums, pandeiro and berimbau) and do sequences of kicks and cartwheels. This is why I believe that Capoeira is the food of life. Salve Mestre Kinha e Capoeira Salve! Mahalo Nui Loa ia ko’u ohana o Capoeira Besouro. Aloha…Lisa Haruyo Kahealani Kuramata a.k.a. Gata.

I received my Professora Cordel in December 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

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