Brazilian native Miguel Sant’ana moved to Auckland-New Zealand in 2010. His acrobatics journey started here joining a capoeira group in Auckland. In the same year he joined Tristar Gymnastics where the passion for tumbling and acrobatics started with the help of David Bishop (NZ elite gymnastics).The sport of Capoeira has taken Miguel all around New Zealand to train and perform.
In 2011 Miguel went to a capoeira event in Wellington where he met a circus professional that introduced him to the world of hand balance. Back in Auckland Miguel started training at hand balancing everyday, on the wall at home, inspired by circus artists, where he would scrutinise videos and have Skype meeting with overseas professionals to find the technique and the strength that he needs to be in this profession.
In 2012 Miguel travelled back to Brazil to train with capoeira Master Bamba and professional tumblers (world performers) on the beaches of Salvador-BA. adding to his knowledge in these fields.Talking these new skills back to NZ Miguel carried on with a stronger understanding and passion for his hand balancing training.
At the start of 2013 Miguel started teaching hand balance classes in Auckland. Teaching handstand he shows his students his very clear passion of determination , dedication and commitment. Miguel’s objective as a teacher is to inspire and share the knowlegde with his students, creating a very strong base of training. He always says “A Tree without roots does not grow ” .
Now since 2014 I have been traveling over 25 countries teaching my unique method to my students. Teaching has been a great outlet for me. Sharing my passion and gift with others is a way of giving back which allows me to rethink and re analyse my craft. Teaching rejuvenates my passion and keeps my spirits high. The energy of my students, those of whom I listed previously, and other motivated individuals I’ve come across, are the fuel that allows me to keep moving from city to city and country to country.