Contramestre Versátil Ismail has over forty years of experience in the martial arts and over twentyfive years in Capoeira. As a Contramestre, Versátil is one of a select handful to have reached this rank in the United States and is one of the top ranked American born practitioners of the art of Capoeira. Versátil regularly teaches in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas of Southern California. He also travels often to teach throughout the USA, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand.
Versatil is known for his detailed yet motivating teaching style and knowledge of the seemingly disparate aspects of dance and combat. Versátil also holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology and has developed a suite of Capoeira, Martial Arts, and Movement based therapies called The Warrior Class. This informs his clinical work as well as his teaching of Capoeira.
Being a member of Capoeira Batuque, Versátil and his students are participating in a tradition of Capoeira first brought to Southern California by Mestre Amen Santo, from the teaching of the legendary Mestre Waldemar da Paixão. This tradition and reaches back to the legendary Besouro Mangangá.