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Biography

During Black History Month in February 2000, Edna received a formal Proclamation from the New York City Council for outstanding contributions to the community:

"On the occasion of this special Black History Month Celebration the Council is pleased and proud to honor Edna Lima for her outstanding contributions to the community."

Edna Lima was introduced to the world of Capoeira when she was 12 years old. She began training in Brasilia, first with Instrutor Dentinho … and after he moved she joined Mestre Tabosa and began training in the Senzala method. The following year she added Karate to her schedule of martial arts training.

For years she trained in Brasilia and traveled all over Brazil, taking Capoeira workshops and playing in new rodas. She learned different methods of Capoeira and faced the challenges of being one of the few women who trained in those days. Since the beginning she has always been known simply as "Edna," and was a talented practitioner in both Capoeira and Karate.

Eventually, in 1981 she graduated: in Capoeira she became the first ever female Mestre with Mestre Tabosa; in Karate she receiving her Black Belt in Shotokan with Sensei Testa and Childerico; and finally she graduated from the University with a degree in Physical Education.

Edna received her Mestranda’s red cord from Mestre Camisa (whom she has known and been learning from for 25 years) and Grand Mestre Camisa Roxa in 1997 in Rio de Janeiro, when she became a member of Abadá Capoeira, the largest Capoeira organization in the world ... becoming the first female Mestranda in Abadá Capoeira.

Edna received her Godan, fifth-degree black belt, from Sensei Okazaki in 1999, and is a member of the ISKF, the largest Karate organization in the world, affiliated with the JKA/WF.

At this time Edna has been training Capoeira for 31 years and Karate for 30 years: she regularly teaches workshops and leads Batizados in Barcelona, Israel, Japan, Spain, and Austria, Germany … she has also represented the US National Karate Team in, Canada, Columbia, Curacao, Japan, Malaysia, and Venezuela. And while she has continued as one of the outstanding Capoeira instructors in the world she has accumulated a dozen Karate titles: five-time Brazilian champion, four-time US Champion, four-time Pan-American Champion, two-time Ozawa International Champion, and Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame.

In spring of 2003 Edna participated in the Cultural Olympics in Greece among 800 artists from around the globe.

This Summer Edna is celebrating her 16th Anniversary in the United States and the 30th Anniversary in Capoeira! As part of this celebration she will teach a capoeira workshop at the most prestigious dance festival in the world, ImPulsTanz, Vienna International Dance Festival in Austria.

Edna has developed her own Capoeira Workout® a functional training program based on the movements of Capoeira, which has received worldwide recognition and acclaim as a uniquely effective training method. Recent physiological research has validated the program’s effectiveness and is providing a valuable model for the scientific study of the biological effects of both Capoeira and Karate training

Edna also teaches Capoeira in both the Dance and Sports Science Departments at Long Island University in NYC and has recently been invited to present Capoeira as a martial arts program at the prestigious Wingate Institute in Israel

This year 2004 Edna Lima will bring her capoeira fitness method - Capoeira Workout® to Brazil her mother land to share it with the Brazilian people!

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