Contramestre Versátil Ismail has over thirty five years of experience in the martial arts and over twenty 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. He is known for his detailed yet motivating teaching style and knowledge of the seemingly disparate aspects of dance and combat. 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.