Mestre Bimba (1889–1974)

 Born Manoel dos Reis Machado in Salvador, Bahia, Mestre Bimba is credited with initiating the legalization of Capoeira with the opening of the first official school of Capoeira in 1932. The school attracted upper class students who later traveled with him across Brazil demonstrating his style of Capoeira that later became known as Capoeira Regional.

Bimba's style introduced new blows, sweeps, and a series of eight sequences aimed at helping his students become better fighters.