Avinash Pawar, as Mangusto used to be known earlier, is a fitness expert and certified physical instructor who fell in love with capoeira while racking weights and pumping iron six years ago.

He likes playing sports, loves music and dancing, and is a big fan of adventure sports. His motto is to stay fit and make others fit and healthy.

His capoeira idol is Professor Baba for his energy and teaching techniques and positive vibes. He thinks teaching kids is the best step to bring change in the world and capoeira is something that makes them strong and prepares them for a fearless future along with being kind. Every single day we make a difference in someone’s life that goes far beyond knowledge. We inspire, support, mentor and get the chance to discover and share some of the best parts of ourselves. Kids leave the classroom with something they did not have before - a big smile on their face.

His favourite songs are A Hora É Essa, Nega Nega Nega Iaia, Meu Berimbau and Cordão de Ouro, Jogar Pra Valer. He loves capoeira for the positive energy and strength he gets from capoeira and for the friendships capoeira allows him. Playing in the roda for him is a return to the fearless, fun-filled days of his childhood.