Trenel Pão de milho (Christie) was born in Scotland and has had a passion for music, dance and performance since an early age. He is classically trained musician having played violin, piano, guitar, percussion and berimbau.
Pão lived and worked as a volunteer in East Africa after leaving school, where he developed his enthusiasm for cultural dance and African music and percussion. Although Pão has only visited Brazil once, he discovered the art form of Capoeira in the UK in 2001 in Totnes, Devon and he became a student of Mestre Marcelo Angola in the summer of 2005.
“…My first teacher was Adam whose capoeira name is ‘Onça Voado-Adão Do Selva‘. He was a student of the grand master Mestre João Pequeno de Pastinha. Adão is an extremely deep and spiritual martial artist who has travelled the world extensively and trained with many masters and practitioners of multiple fighting, combat and bushcraft arts. I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the fundamentals of capoeira and to also meet a number of Brazilian mestres at events in both the UK and Europe included Mestre Laercio, Mestre Roberval, Mestre Cobra Mansa, Mestre Marcelo Angola and Mestre Fantasma from London whilst training under Adam…”
In the summer of 2005 Marcelo & Pão founded the group Capoeira Angoleiros do Mar Devon and Pão continues to teach and play capoeira and share his knowledge and love of this Afro-Brazilian art form and Brazilian culture here in the South West. Pão is thankful to the guidance and support from his Mestre Marcelo Angola and all of the ADM family that lives and works in Europe – CM Fubuia, CM Bizarro, CM Xixarro, CM Charel, CM Café, Prof Chiclete, Grilo, Zaza & Catinga.
The group in Devon is lead by Vermelho, Treinel Pão’s oldest student who teaches Capoeira Angola in Plymouth. Pão was given the title of Treinel in 2009 and is still only one of a few teachers for the group who does not originally come from Brazil.
Pão de milho (meaning ‘bread of corn’ ) was the Capoeira name given to him by Mestre Marcelo Angola. Although he is not from Brazil he shows great passion, understanding and respect for the Art form of Capoeira Angola. Pão has 18 years experience in the art form and is grateful to his capoeira family, friends and students – those still training with him and those who are off on their own life adventures. Obrigado.