Master Soldado

Carlos Roberto dos Anjos Nogueira was born in Espirito Santo in 1953. He began training capoeira in 1963 with Roberto Jacaré and Carlinhos in a branch of the Bonfim group, located in Manguinhos, Rio de Janeiro. At the age of 18, he started training with Mestres Deraldo and Zé Grande (the president of the Bonfim group) at the group’s headquarters in the Bonsucesso neighbourhood. When he served in the Army and attended the Preparatory Centre for Reserve Officers, he earned the nickname “Soldado” (soldier). In 1973 Soldado graduated from Mestre Deraldo and began teaching for the group. He created the Santa Barbara nucleus in the Bandeira 2 community in Del Castilho, where he taught until 1980, earning the white/yellow master belt. He won several titles in capoeira championships: In 1974 he was interclub team champion, in 1975 carioca team champion, and in 1976 individual Brazilian champion in the middleweight category. In 2019 he returned to compete and won the title of Rio champion, in the category for mestres over 65 years old, middleweight.

Bonfim founder Mestre Mário Buscapé gave him the white/blue belt in 1992, and the white belt in 2012. In 1992 Soldado worked on a UNESCO-sponsored project that consisted of teaching capoeira in sixty schools (CIEPs) in the state of Rio de Janeiro. From 1993 he also started teaching beach football at the Vasco nucleus, on Copacabana beach. He currently holds the position of Superior Master Advisor of the Fluminense Capoeira Federation (FFC) and is Press Officer at the Capoeira Masters Order of Brazil.