Marcus Aurelio, Contra-Mestre Barrãozinho, was born in the city of Recife in the northeast of Brazil. He began training capoeira at the age of three with his father Mestre Barrão, whom he accompanied to his classes, capoeira events and street rodas. Contra-Mestre Barrãozinho’s passion for capoeira has lead him to focus on nothing but his studies and his training. At the age of nine he moved to Canada with his parents where he continued to train and also began to perform in many shows, school demonstrations, and festivals in British Columbia Canada and abroad. His style and creativity in the game is motivational to many and has made him one of today’s most influential young capoeira players.